Mugshot of Harold Lee Clinton III
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

‘Willing to lose a leg over this?’: Cobb armed robbery gets man prison

Harold Lee Clinton III was a regular at the Dollar Smart in Marietta. That’s why a clerk recognized him when his mask slipped during an armed robbery in July 2017.

Clinton was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Thursday, according to a press release from the Cobb County district attorney’s office.

Clinton, who jail records list as being 28, robbed the Dollar Smart on July 24, 2017.

He walked into the store on Pat Mell Road about 6:15 p.m. with a makeshift cloth mask and a black handgun, prosecutors said.

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Clinton ordered the clerk to the ground and demanded money before asking the clerk if he was “willing to lose a leg over this,” prosecutors said. Then Clinton put the gun to the back of the man’s head and asked if he was willing to lose his life.

At some point, the mask slipped and the clerk got a good look at Clinton, according to prosecutors. Surveillance footage from a nearby store also recorded Clinton without his mask.

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He grabbed $1,800 in cash and a car key before leaving.

Clinton was arrested the next day. He had the car key in his pocket.

“This defendant perpetrated a brazen armed robbery in broad daylight,” said prosecutor Brendan Murphy. “His actions endangered everyone at the shopping center that day. This sentence ensures he won’t threaten the safety of our community again.”

Clinton was also ordered to pay back the $1,800.

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