State Attorney Announces Sentences for Coolers
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Circuit Judge John Simon sentenced Shawn Demontre Cooler to 25 years in state prison to be followed by 5 years probation and sentenced Jeremiah Cooler to 10 years in state prison to be followed by 10 years probation. On July 9, 2015, Shawn Cooler was convicted of Burglary While Armed with a Firearm, two counts of Grand Theft of a Firearm, Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief; and Jeremiah Cooler was convicted of Grand Theft of a Firearm and Petit Theft by a Santa Rosa County Jury.
On January 14, 2014, an eyewitness saw two subjects outside a home on the 7000 block of Gordon Evans Road in Navarre. Once Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, it was discovered that the front door was kicked in and two firearms, electronic items, and several pieces of jewelry were stolen. A sheriff’s deputy witnessed Shawn Cooler driving towards Pensacola after the burglary. Deputies were unable to stop the defendant because the car engaged in a high-speed pursuit. The car and the subjects were found at the Red Roof Inn on Davis Highway by Escambia County Deputies the next day. Jeremiah Cooler was apprehended after throwing a backpack with items stolen from the burglary in a dumpster. Shawn Cooler fled on foot after being approached by deputies.
Both defendants, who are brothers, were previously convicted on April 14, 2015 by a Santa Rosa County Jury of various other charges. Shawn Cooler was convicted of Grand Theft, and Jeremiah Cooler was convicted of three counts of Grand Theft of a Firearm. The two defendants were found guilty after being found in possession of three stolen firearms and electronics that were taken from a residence located on the 4400 block of Leavins Street in Milton on January 14, 2014.
At the time of the offenses, Shawn Cooler was on probation for Burglary, Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief. Those charges stemmed from an incident on June 13, 2012 when an Escambia County home was burglarized after the back door was kicked in. A handgun, jewelry and a television were taken in that burglary. On June 18, 2014 Shawn Cooler was found guilty of violating that probation and sentenced to 30 months State Prison.
These cases were prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Zachary Brost. For additional information, please contact him at (850) 981-5500.