2 convicted in 2020 of attempted armed home invasion that resulted in a crash and boat theft
Cooper’s defense attorney Matt Leipold said the case caused difficulties for both sides in court.
“Ultimately, I think we came to a fair solution that everyone was happy with to close the case,” Leipold said.
Police were responding to reports of shots being fired just before 5pm on August 10, 2020 at the Spring Valley Apartments on Thompson Bridge Road.
Stephens and Cooper were accused of kicking an apartment door while armed.
Leipold said one of the residents of the apartment, who possessed multiple firearms, saw people outside knocking on his door.
“He took his pistol and fired several shots through the door at her,” Leipold said.
After the shooting, five people were seen in a blue Volkswagen Jetta, which authorities were trying to stop.
The Jetta drove away from officers and eventually crashed in a wooded area on Hollywood Avenue near Hollywood Circle, Gainesville police said.
The five occupants of the Jetta ran, with Cooper being arrested near the crash site.
Leipold said Cooper was in someone’s car in their garage.
Hours later, Stephens was accused of taking a Harbor Cove boat off Honeysuckle Road and driving it to the Club Drive dock.
Stephens was arrested near the stolen boat.
Krystal Foster-Simmons, 28, of Decatur, was pulled over after a 911 call reported a suspicious vehicle near Honeysuckle Road. She was later charged with attempted armed robbery and attempted home invasion.
Leipold said it was his understanding that the charges against Foster-Simmons were dismissed.
“It didn’t really look like there was ever a lot of evidence that she was actually involved in going into that apartment for a robbery or something,” Leipold said.
Foster-Simmons pleaded guilty Feb. 1 to separate charges of possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic, and obstructing an officer. Fuller sentenced Foster-Simmons to three years in prison with the first 30 days in prison, but the sentence was deemed to have been served.
The remainder of Foster-Simmons’ sentence is on probation.
All three individuals were disqualified from Hall and Dawson counties while on parole.
Stephens’ defense attorney Theresa Mahfood and Foster-Simmons attorney Miles Cowan did not respond to requests for comment.