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Cobb County jury convicts Man for punching and robbing grandmother


A Cobb County jury wasted little time convicting Oluwole Olushola for assaulting a grandmother, robbing her of her purse, and using her credit cards. 

Olushola, 44, punched Sondra Dillon, 84, outside a Vinings Publix. He was sentenced to 20 years, with 13 to serve in prison and the remainder on probation, after a Cobb County jury convicted him for the June 4, 2019 attack and robbery. 

Olushola was convicted of robbery by force, three counts of financial transaction card theft, and three counts of identity fraud. He was also charged with elder abuse, but jurors acquitted him on that count. The morning attack outside the busy grocery store left Dillon battered and bruised with a black eye. 

During his sentencing hearing, Dillon, now 86, addressed him saying, “I hope his inmates beat him to a pulp and leave him unconscious as he did to me.” Dillon said while her cuts and scrapes have healed, she now has to use a cane to get around. 

Dillon had previously told the media that she had gone to Publix to meet a friend when Olushola came “out of the blue ” and attacked her. “Shot out like a bird flying in and stopped the car,” she said in a 2019 interview. Three days after the vicious robbery, Olushola was arrested by U.S. marshals. 

His indictment said he used Dillion’s stolen credit cards at a Sandy Springs Publix, two gas stations, a pharmacy, and a liquor store. This will be his fourth stint in a Georgia prison, according to Department of Corrections records. 

Olushola was released from prison in December 2017, about 17 months before the robbery of Dillion. His past arrest records reveal that Olushola has a lengthy criminal history. Because of this extensive history, Olushola is not eligible for parole. Olushola was previously convicted of theft by taking, identity fraud and making false statements in a different county.


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