SUSPECT WOUNDED BY POLICE PLEADS GUILTY
A North Carolina native who was wounded by Tupelo police after he held a knife to a child’s throat last July has pleaded guilty to two assault charges and was sentenced Thursday to prison.
Robert “Kool Aid” Anderson Jr., who was 24 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aggravated assault on a child, a felony, and one count of simple aggravated assault, a misdemeanor.
The charges stemmed from an incident in which Anderson and Amanda Cofer, who had been living together at South Park Manor apartments on South Green Street, got into an argument and Anderson stabbed Cofer with a screwdriver. When police arrived on the scene, Anderson had taken a 1-year-old girl, one of four children living at the residence, into the apartment and was holding a knife to the child’s throat threatening to kill the child and himself.
After an almost hourlong standoff with police, an officer was able to shoot Anderson without harming the child. Anderson was taken into custody and treated at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Anderson received a 40-year prison sentence on the charge stemming from threatening the child, with 14 years suspended. He was sentenced to an additional six months on the simple assault charge resulting from stabbing Cofer.
A third assault charge, levied after Anderson threatened the police officer who later shot him, was retired to the files.