A jury found a robbery suspect guilty Monday.
Kenneth Merl Hammick was subsequently sentenced to 38 years in the Department of Corrections for robbery, 20 years for first degree burglary and nine years for larceny of an automobile.
“My Assistant District Attorney Zach Cabell did an excellent job prosecuting this case which involved multiple victims. Even before the trial got underway Zach had to put on a Sanchez Hearing where he offered evidence to show there was ample reason to be concerned for the safety of several people involved in the case. The Judge ruled Hammick be fitted with a shock belt which he had to wear throughout the trial," said Rogers County District Attorney Matt Ballard.
Cabell said the jury did an excellent job.
"“Hammick is a repeat offender and career criminal. He so terrorized his victims that night one of them broke down on the stand as she had to recount the crimes, again. I’ll be asking the Judge to make his sentences run consecutively," Cabell said.
Formal sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 6.
Hammick was arrested in connection with the armed robbery in May of 2015.
Reports at the time showed that Hammick turned off the electricity of a residence using the meter outside, and waited outside the home's door.
One of the three victims reportedly went outside to investigate and that's when Hammick pointed a pistol at her and backed her into the residence, reports show.
Claremore Police Department reports show that once Hammick was inside the residence, he forced two of the three victims to lie on the floor while he ordered the third victim to gather her purse, cell phones, credit cards and car keys.
The victims told law enforcement he held them at gunpoint and threatened to kill them.