Nov. 13, 2014 – Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that a Smyrna man has been convicted of multiple charges in a home invasion.
On Nov. 5, a Cobb jury quickly found Johnny F. Pineda, 20, guilty of two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary. The evidence showed Mr. Pineda and Zyheed T. Roberts were armed when they entered a home in the 600 block of Windcliff Drive on Nov. 25, 2012, and robbed several juveniles in the home of laptops, jewelry, and other items. Mr. Roberts previously pleaded guilty in the case.
“The jury convicted the defendant despite his excuse that he was not culpable due to his excessive use of illegal drugs,” said Assistant District Attorney Marty First, who prosecuted the case. “He’s been in trouble since the age of 12, and has continued causing trouble even in jail. He lied on the stand during the trial. The danger he imposed on these victims and on society at large demand stiff consequences.”
During the sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon, the state called 17 Cobb Sheriff’s deputies to testify about criminal acts and rule infractions the defendant has committed while he’s been incarcerated awaiting trial.
Cobb Superior Court Judge Lark Ingram then sentenced Mr. Pineda to 30 years, with 18 years to serve in custody and the rest on probation.
Attorney John Hildebrand of Marietta represented Mr. Pineda.
The trial began Nov. 3 with jury selection. Cobb Police investigated the case.