Two cousins convicted of robbing a Breadbox convenience store now face a combined 50 years in prison.
Benny Joe Cooper, 46, and Darrell Alfred Cooper, 55, were each convicted of two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The cousins were convicted of robbing the Breadbox at 3818 Sutherland Avenue on Dec. 6, 2014. They took $91 in cash and $100 worth of cigarettes. They brandished firearms in the store and also robbed two customers of their wallets at gunpoint, and threatened to kill the customers.
A person who witnessed the robbery followed the Coopers once they left the store, and gave police a description and license plate number of their vehicle. Knoxville Police arrested the Coopers soon after.
Under a plea agreement, Benny Cooper received a sentence of 30 years in prison without the possibility of parole, and Darrell Cooper received a sentence of 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole, according to the Knox County District Attorney's Office.
“Career criminals with no regard for the law will continue to receive harsh sentences from my Office,” District Attorney Charme Allen said in a statement. “These two brandished handguns and threatened to kill members of our community in order to obtain $91. They deserve every day of the sentence they received.”
Benny Cooper has 11 prior convictions, including six convictions for aggravated robbery. Darrell Cooper has prior convictions for aggravated robbery, burglary and larceny.