Man who held small child, parents at gunpoint gets two life stints

Kiwan Abdullah Wooten

At age 22, Kiwan Abdullah Wooten can expect to spend the rest of his days in prison.

He was convicted this week of holding a couple and their 4-year-old boy at gunpoint during a robbery in November 2013 and was sentenced to two life sentences plus 55 years, Gwinnett County prosecutors announced Thursday. Judge Karen E. Beyers handed down the sentence after a jury found the former Conyers resident guilty Wednesday of armed robbery, assault and false imprisonment.

The father testified that the defendant knocked on the door of his apartment on Nov. 5, 2013. The two knew each other.

“When (the victim) opened the door, the defendant immediately pointed a gun at him and entered the apartment along with two other unknown individuals,” Dan Mayfield, chief assistant district attorney, said in the news release. “They ransacked the apartment while the defendant held (the father) and his 4-year-old son at gunpoint in the living room.”

The crew was demanding money and drugs.

The defendant went to the bathroom where the mother was in the shower. He also forced her into the living room at gunpoint, Mayfield said.

The victims testified that a laptop, a purse, cell phones, and a camera were taken. Both victims were able to identify the defendant.

The case was prosecuted by Samantha Routh.

Wooten has been in the Gwinnett jail without bond since February 2014. Records show he is also held for Newton and DeKalb counties.

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