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Police: Man shot in the eye during armed robbery, three charged
Johnathan Owens
Johnathan William Owens

Three men are charged in a Saturday armed robbery that cost a man his eye, according to police.

Evan Edsel Dorsey, 26, of Buford, Richard Brian Sosebee, 41, of Lula, and Johnathan William Owens, 27, of Gillsville, were charged with aggravated battery and armed robbery. All of them were booked in to the Hall County Jail, where they remain.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said police responded to a shooting call around 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harrison Square Apartments on Athens Street.

“At the time we responded, the victim was not on the scene,” he said. “The victim was put into a vehicle and was being driven to the hospital.”

The medical units were waved down at Athens Street and West Ridge Road.

With a description of the vehicle allegedly used in the shooting, Gainesville Police worked with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office to find the suspects.

Dorsey and Sosebee were found in the Harmony Church Road area of Gainesville and arrested Saturday.

According to the warrants, Dorsey is accused of “driving to and from the crime scene” as $500 was taken from the victim, Marquez Cantrell.

Sosebee is accused of possessing a Rohm .22 caliber pistol and “shooting (Cantrell) in the eye, causing serious disfigurement,” according to the warrant.

“He lost his eye,” Cantrell’s legal guardian Ruby Moore said.

Saying she didn’t know what caused the incident, Moore said Cantrell will likely have to go back in six weeks to the hospital for a prosthetic eye.

Sosebee was additionally charged with possession of a gun by a convicted felon and altering the identification markings on the Rohm .22 handgun.

Owens was arrested Monday, Holbrook said.
“Through the course of the investigation, it was found he was also involved,” he said.

Holbrook said “the individuals were known parties to one another.”

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