The third suspect involved in a robbery at Burke’s Outlet parking lot received his final sentence Wednesday afternoon from Christian Circuit Judge Andrew Self.
Tyler T. Parker, 19, appeared in Self’s court via Zoom while at this mother’s home in Indianapolis to receive his final sentence while his defense attorney Sands Chewning appeared via Zoom from his office.
Parker recently entered a guilty plea in his case on Dec. 17.
Parker was originally charged with first-degree robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia while armed, possession of marijuana while armed and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
However, on Dec. 17, he entered a guilty plea to the amended charges of theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,0000 and possession of drug paraphernalia while his marijuana and weapon charges were dismissed.
His plea carried a recommended sentence of two total years in prison, with the commonwealth opposed to probation, but neutral on shock probation.
Part of his plea deal would require the commonwealth to allow his release from jail prior to final sentencing.
After being released, Parker moved in with his mother in Indianapolis to get away from negative influences he stated he had in Hopkinsville.
During his sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon, Chewning requested that Parker be granted probation to allow him to continue pursuing his GED and move on to college courses.
Chewning added that Parker has no previous convictions, but does have a case pending in Trigg County that he stated may not be pursued.
Chewning continued to argue on Parker’s behalf stating that he had already served 154 days incarcerated in the case.
“I know (the commonwealth) has been opposed to probation, but with my client’s very limited criminal history, the fact that he is pursuing his education, I think he has made substantial progress with moving in with his mother that I think will be a strong influence on him and getting his GED,” Chewning said. “With that, we would ask the court to probate him.”
Ultimately, Self chose to deny Chewning’s request and sentenced him to two years in prison.
“I believe that to grant probation in this case would unduly depreciate the seriousness of the offense,” Self said.
“I appreciate the fact that Mr. Parker has already served a substantial amount of time — 154 days, however, the vast majority of that, I believe, is actually credited to the arrest in the Trigg County case.
“He may get credit for all these days towards this case as well if his other case is resolved favorably for him, that will hasten his eligibility for probation.”
Self then allowed Parker until Sunday to turn himself into the Christian County Jail due to inclement weather in the Hopkinsville area as well as in Indianapolis.
According to New Era archives, on Dec. 9, 2019, Parker, Zyair Clack, 19, Jordan L. Shemwell, 19, and Jacorie Summers, 22, as well as one additional unknown individual, assaulted and robbed the victim of his wallet, cash, iPhone, his jacket and boots.
The victim reportedly told police he went over to a vehicle that Shemwell was driving and shook his hand, who he allegedly knew from school, the report said.
The other people in the vehicle allegedly got upset about the handshake and an argument ensued. Summers, Parker and the unknown person got out of the vehicle, the report added.
Clack allegedly threatened to shoot the victim, and the other three people, Shemwell, Summers and Parker assaulted and robbed him.
Officers later located the described vehicle on Rose Drive and stopped the vehicle before searching it for stolen property.
Police allegedly discovered a loaded handgun, a black mask, marijuana, a digital scale and the victim’s stolen property in a black bag.
Officers then transported the three teens, Clack, Parker and Shemwell, back to Burke’s to be identified by the victim.
The victim allegedly positively identified Clack as the robber, while Parker was identified as the front-seat passenger and Shemwell as the driver of the vehicle.
Summers was arrested Dec. 16 for his alleged involvement in the robbery.
Clack recently pleaded guilty to his involvement in the case. He was originally charged with first-degree robbery, possession of drug paraphernalia while armed, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
His plea deal consisted of his charges being amended to second-degree robbery while his other charges remained the same.
Self ultimately chose to sentence Clack to five years in prison and revoked his diversion, requiring him to spend two additional years.
However, Self did give Clack credit for time served in prison to both of his cases.
In other court news, a council member accused of forgery appeared in Atkins’ court via Zoom Wednesday morning to have her case be set for a new trial date.
Kimberly McCarley, 51, is a current Hopkinsville City Council Member who was indicted on second-degree forgery on Aug. 16, 2019.
Wednesday morning, defense attorney David Rye advised the court that he was standing in for McCarley’s attorney Ben Fletcher.
Rye stated that Fletcher had asked Rye to request the court to schedule a new trial date in McCarley’s case.
Atkins agreed and scheduled a new trial for May 24.
According to New Era archives, the indictment stated that on or about June 22, 2016, McCarley committed the offense of second-degree forgery by forging the name of Jan Thompson to a bank document without the permission or authority of Thompson.
According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling, McCarley allegedly forged Thompson’s name on a bank loan application that Thompson worked out.
Kentucky State Police investigated the case after Thompson reported the incident to police.
Boling added that the document McCarley allegedly forged her signature for was to approve McCarley’s employment and salary.
McCarley currently represents Ward 2 for Hopkinsville City Council. She has been serving on city council since 2009, when she was appointed by the council to fill the unexpired term of Ron Sherrill.