Police shootout suspect pleads guilty

Dougherty Justice Building in downtown Albany. / WFXL

An Albany man has pled guilty to theft by taking and three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer after a 2005 shootout with police.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said Bobby Calvin Coe pled guilty but mentally ill.

Back in November of 2004, Coe was let go from his job. Court records reveal that the man went back to the facility and stole 5,000 pound of pecans of a rare variety.

Police put a lookout for the where the pecans where being sold. This led them to Bobby Coe who said that an accomplice sold the pecans and split the money with him and there were some pecans left.

Coe wasn't immediately arrested because he was aiding police in their investigation.

By the time police found out that the defendant was telling a lie, he had gone missing.

When officers finally spotted Bobby Coe in early 2005, he began a chase.

Dougherty County D.A. Greg Edwards says the man busted out the windows of his truck and began shooting at police officers.

Coe stopped when the truck wrecked on Lily Pond Road in Albany. Police then took him into custody.

Since then, the defendant has spent time in jail and in mental institutions.

Monday, Bobby Calvin Coe pled guilty but mentally ill and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Officials say he has already served nine of those years and he will be on probation until 2032.

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