Joaquin Hogan got a second chance in January 2011 when a judge granted him first offender status on an attempted burglary charge.
If he had stayed out of trouble for two years, his record would have been wiped clean. Instead, investigators contend, Hogan didn’t make it 18 months before he held up businesses at gunpoint and shot at a sheriff’s deputy.
On Friday, Richmond County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper revoked Hogan’s first offender status and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
Deputy Danny Haywood testified that he was on his way to the scene of an armed robbery with shots fired June 14 when he spotted a vehicle he believed the suspect was in. A chase ensued, which ended when the vehicle slowly entered a trailer park and stopped.
Haywood said two bullets narrowly missed him, even though he positioned his vehicle so it would be between him and the suspect when he got out.
Willie McNair and Montravious McNair were arrested at the scene that night, but Hogan escaped. According to court records, he is suspected of committing two more robberies before he was arrested.
Hogan, 18, faces seven counts of armed robbery, one count of hijacking a motor vehicle, aggravated assault on a police officer and 16 weapon violations. Willie McNair, 24, faces five counts of armed robbery and five weapon violations. Montravious McNair, 17, faces one count of armed robbery.