The Spalding County District Attorney’s Office tried the State of Georgia vs. Royce Robinson this week. The case was tried in front of the Honorable W. Fletcher Sams. A Spalding County jury convicted Robinson of Kidnapping with Bodily Injury, False Imprisonment, and Battery. He was acquitted of Aggravated Assault and Criminal Trespass. He was sentenced to life in prison on the Kidnapping charge. The other sentences were to run concurrently.
The defendant was convicted of kidnapping his estranged wife from a relative’s house, taking her to his house, and beating her. Members of the Griffin Police Department responded quickly to find the victim with multiple bruises and lacerations. Assistant District Attorneys Kate Lenhard and Morgan Kendrick tried the case for the State. Investigator Carrie Williams-James, with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, was the lead investigator.
“It is our position that the quick response of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office and the Griffin Police Department, along with the actions of the victim’s friends and family, saved her life on January 17, 2017,” District Attorney Coker stated of the verdict. “This victim suffered so much abuse at the hands of this defendant, and now, thanks to the hard work of law enforcement and my office, she will suffer no more. I am so proud of Kate, Morgan, and those in my office that worked to bring about this conviction. To the offenders of domestic violence, know this, my offices will not tolerate these crimes. We will continue to fight for these victims every day. If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, please come forward. You could save someone’s life.”