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Man gets 22 years for robbing former boss with stake


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BROOKSVILLE - Back in February, Richard Ulrich broke into his former employer's Spring Hill home, brandishing a wooden stake and demanding she give him money.

On Tuesday, Ulrich, 53, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Per a plea bargain, Ulrich pleaded no contest to the charges of home invasion robbery while armed and burglary of a conveyance with assault.

Handcuffed and dressed in his prison orange jumpsuit, Ulrich did not have anything to say before Judge Anthony Tatti imposed sentence.

"270 months in the department of corrections is a long time, and probably not enough," Tatti said. "I won't be a judge when you get out."

Ulrich's lawyer, David Bauer, said during a bench conference the judge was surprised to see Ulrich had 14 armed robbery convictions in his file.

Bauer said the robberies were committed in a small time span shortly after Ulrich had turned 18.

"You'll never escape those robberies," Tatti said. "I hope you'll keep that in mind, you certainly have enough time to think about it."

Hernando Today previously reported Ulrich was arrested on Feb. 26.

According to the sheriff's office, Ulrich broke into his former employer's home, carrying with him a wooden stake. Ulrich poked the victim while demanding she give him $1,000 to leave the state.

The victim gave Ulrich the $18 she had in her purse and escaped after convincing him to take her to the ATM to get more cash.

Ulrich fled after the victim escaped and was apprehended by deputies at his parent's Spring Hill home.

He told them he had been drinking at a bar and decided to intimidate her for firing him a few years ago.

Ulrich has been held 135 days at the Hernando County Jail since his arrest, in lieu of $100,000 bond.

wbiddlecombe@hernandotoday .com (352) 544-5283

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