Man gets six years for two robberies

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Robbing two Craig stores in less than three months earned a Craig man six years in prison.

That was the sentence Tal--mage Earl Willis, 23, received from Chief District Court Judge Michael O'Hara in district court Wednesday.

Willis will be turned over to the state of California after his prison sentence to deal with a felony warrant out of that state. He also faces a mandatory sentence of three years' parole.

Willis received the maximum sentence by the judge under the terms of a plea agreement, which could have ranged from two to six years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Willis formerly pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery. Other charges of theft, third-degree assault, felony menacing and a bond violation were dropped as part of the plea.

A series of criminal events led to Willis' sentencing on Wednesday.

Willis robbed the west end Kum & Go in April. A clerk there said about $140 was missing from the store after a man grabbed her wrists and took money from the register.

After being arrested for the robbery, the Craig man was mistakenly let out of jail on a personal recognizance bond. While out on bail, Willis robbed the Smoker Friendly in June.

Smoker Friendly manager JoDeena Bullock said Willis got away with about $70 during the robbery. She said the man pointed what looked to be gun at her through his sweatshirt during the heist.

After being arrested by police for that incident, Willis was accused of assaulting an inmate while in jail. That charge was dropped according to the plea.

When asked whether he wanted to make a statement to the judge Wednesday, Willis said he wanted to make sure all charges against him were being tried.

Willis received 71 days off his sentence for time spent in the Moffat County Jail.

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031.

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