Brother faces life for Navarre burglary

A 21-year-old Pensacola man is facing life in prison after a Santa Rosa County jury convicted him of multiple burglary and gun charges.

Shawn Cooler

Shawn Cooler

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Jeremiah Cooler

Shawn Demontre Cooler, of the 7500 block of Cobb Lane, was convicted of burglary while armed with a firearm; two counts of grand theft of a firearm; grand theft; and criminal mischief July 9.

His brother, Jeremiah Cooler, 22, of the 1100 block of Barth Lane in Molino, was convicted of grand theft of a firearm and petit theft.

The charges stem from a 2014 burglary in Navarre.

On Jan. 14, an eyewitness saw two subjects outside a home on the 7000 block of Gordon Evans Road.

When deputies arrived, they saw the front door was kicked in and two firearms, electronic items and several pieces of jewelry were stolen.

According to the report, a deputy witnessed Shawn Cooler driving toward Pensacola after the burglary. Deputies engaged in a high-speed pursuit. Escambia County deputies later found the car and the subjects at the Red Roof Inn on Davis Highway the next day.

Jeremiah Cooler was apprehended after throwing a backpack with items stolen from the burglary in a dumpster, the report stated. Shawn Cooler fled on foot after being approached by deputies.

Both defendants were previously convicted on April 14, on 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 Jan. 14, 2014.

Sentencing for both cases is set for July 21.

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