A Cobb County man was sentenced to life in prison late Friday after pleading guilty to multiple counts of armed robbery and aggravated assault, and aggravated battery.
Prosecutors said Tomas Lopez Torres Jr.'s 2012 crime spree nearly killed Doug Haddon, 59, the owner of the Hock Shop pawn shop on Cobb Parkway at Gresham Road.
On the morning of April 14, 2012, Torres ambushed Haddon from behind and stabbed him twice, once across the abdomen and once in the hip.
Torres, now 20, pleaded guilty to the attack on Haddon as well as armed robberies against seven people at two small shops and a convenience store in Marietta between Feb. 17 and May 7 of 2012.
After the attack on Haddon, Torres continued to commit armed robberies.
Haddon, the married father of four, told the court details of his physical recovery and the effect of the attack on his family, his life and his business.
"I have to live with this grotesque scar on my abdomen and my hip every day," Haddon said.
At the hearing, Torres said during his senior year at Wheeler High School, he was hanging with the wrong crowd and was using marijuana and cocaine. He admitted he committed the robberies for money to buy the drugs.
Torres was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the armed robberies, and 20 years to be served concurrently on the aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges.
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