A man with a history of violence has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for robbing a man at gunpoint last year.
The robber, Roger Dale Tackett, 45, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of aggravated robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and was directed to serve 14 years in the state penitentiary. Given his prior record, he was sentenced as a repeat offender and must serve at least 35 percent of his sentence in prison before being considered for parole.
His partner in crime, Christy D. Newby, 38, was given a six-year sentence for facilitating the crime of aggravated robbery.
Their prison time comes for a home invasion robbery in which Tackett put a gun to the victim’s head.
“While the victim was on the ground, Roger Dale Tackett went through his pockets and stole his wallet that contained $220 cash,” said Warren County sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter, noting the robber also took a 40-caliber handgun and some morphine pills off the victim.
Tackett threatened the man’s life during the course of the robbery, Carpenter revealed. “He said he didn’t have anything to lose and didn’t care to kill him.”
Carpenter pointed out Tackett is a convicted felon and has a history of violence with convictions for aggravated robbery in 1990 and assault with a deadly weapon in 1993. He did a long term in the penitentiary for the prior offenses and still owes the state prison time as his parole will not expire until 2022.
As for Newby, investigators say she helped set up the home invasion.
“She made a call to the victim prior to the robbery to make sure he was home,” Carpenter said, noting she also dropped the robber off near the victim’s home and picked him up after the deed was done.
The two fled the county after the robbery and were caught in Putnam County.