Felon returned to prison for shooting ex-girlfriend at Cumberland Parkway Starbucks

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A convicted felon was sentenced to thirty years for tricking his ex-girlfriend into coming to the Cumberland Parkway Starbucks, then shooting her.

According to the press release from the office of Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes:

Marcus Antonio Beard, now 45, pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges stem from the afternoon of July 20, 2017, when Beard, who was angry at his former girlfriend, had another person trick the woman into meeting, under the guise of a date. Then when the victim was at the Starbucks at 2495 Cumberland Parkway, Beard appeared and shot her once in the chest, then fled in a vehicle.

“This was an egregiously evil act,” said Senior Assistant District Attorney Richele Anderson, who prosecuted the case. “This defendant went there that day with the intention of murdering her. It’s a miracle that she survived.”

The sentence was handed down by Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert E. Flournoy. Beard received 30 years, 19 to be served in prison, the balance on probation.

Beard has a previous conviction for aggravated stalking.