Crime

Macon man pleads guilty to shooting alleged conspirator in insurance scheme

A Macon man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, the result of his shooting another man multiple times after an insurance scheme turned sour.

Robert Blalock Hawkins, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the March 8 shooting of 26-year-old Rodney Cooper Jr. Hawkins also was sentenced to five years on probation.

Prosecutor DeShayla Dixon said Hawkins and Cooper agreed that Cooper would ransack Hawkins’ room at the Villager Lodge on Harrison Road “basically to make it look like he’d been robbed.”

Hawkins then filed an insurance claim saying three guns had been stolen, Dixon said during a Monday hearing in Bibb County Superior Court, and the men agreed to split any payment from the insurance company.

Later, the two men were arguing about the money when Hawkins shot Cooper, Dixon said.

Hawkins fled, but deputies received a tip and found him at another motel in the Eisenhower Parkway and Harrison Road area.

He initially was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, but he was later indicted on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

As a condition of his plea, the firearms charge was dismissed, and prosecutors agreed not to file any charges related to the alleged fraud.

Fraud charges were not filed against Cooper.

Hawkins has been held at the Bibb County jail since his arrest.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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