By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN who made a plea deal with Crown prosecutors in separate rape and armed robbery cases was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday.
Former wanted suspect 20-year-old Travis Cooper appeared before Supreme Court Justice Vera Watkins where he was to stand trial for the gunpoint holdup of Lauren Etienne for her gold charm chain on May 7, 2014.
The gold charm was valued at $1,500.
Though he had pleaded not guilty when formally arraigned in the Supreme Court in the summer of 2014, Cooper and his lawyer Stanley Rolle entered into discussions with prosecutor Patrick Sweeting.
Cooper pleaded guilty to the crime and was given a seven year prison sentence.
Cooper also was to stand trial in January 2017 concerning the rape of a woman on July 2013.
He pleaded guilty to the sexual assault as well and received seven years.
However, the sentences were not ordered to run consecutively and they begin from the date of sentencing.