3 convicted in deadly, broad daylight store robbery

Three men were convicted for their roles in a deadly armed robbery from 2016, officials said Tuesday.

The Aug. 12, 2016, shooting at a College Park business in Fulton County happened in broad daylight, Fulton County District Attorney spokeswoman Nakell Williams said. 

Otis Perdue had just purchased two items from the Godby Road convenience store when he was confronted by Aldrich Cain and Justin Smith. 

“You’re not taking my money,” were the last words Perdue spoke before the duo pulled guns on him as he clutched his money and tried to fight them off, Williams said. Cain fired four shots into Perdue before he and Smith left the scene in an SUV driven by Mario Gooden. 

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Police found Perdue lying by his car in the store’s parking lot. He was taken to the hospital where he died. 

Authorities were able to identify the suspects using the store’s surveillance camera, Williams said. Police also found a distinctive cap that Smith had been wearing near Perdue’s car. 

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Cain, 23, the trigger man, was sentenced to life in prison for murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, Williams said. 

Smith was found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced to 20 years in prison; Gooden was sentenced to five years for hindering the apprehension of a criminal. 

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