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UPDATE: Teen convicted in Cedar Rapids officer beating gets probation

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One of the teens convicted in the 2009 beating of Cedar Rapids police officer Tim Davis has received a suspended sentence and probation after completing time at juvenile detention center.

Robert Watkins, who turns 18 on June 14, received the suspended sentence in Linn County court on Tuesday.

Watkins, who was 14 when he committed the crime, received a deferred sentence for first-degree robbery and interference with official acts causing serious injury.

On March 29, 2009, officers responded to a robbery in the 1600 block of 1st Avenue NE.  When Officer Davis and his partner arrived on scene, they confronted three individuals they believed were involved.  Two of them, Watkins and Maurice Harden, ran. Davis' partner chased after them. 

While Davis was confronting the third person, Jose Rockiett, Rockiett hit Davis in the face with the butt of a gun, knocking Davis unconscious.

Rockiett escaped, but was arrested on March 30.  Watkins was arrested that night and Harden was arrested when his father brought him to the police station.

Watkins and Harden were convicted of first degree robbery and interference with official acts with serious injury in juvenile court.

Rockiett was an adult and was convicted of second degree robbery, willful injury and interference with official acts while displaying a dangerous weapon.

Davis underwent months of surgeries and rehabilitations for his serious head injury, but has returned to work as a patrol officer.

Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says that Linn County Juvenile Court Services will recommend that Watkins be supervised in the community.  She says that his family has moved to Illinois and will join them after the Interstate Compact Agreement is completed.

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