A Somerset man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for holding up two businesses last winter.
Douglas Wade Meadows, 39, of Hall Hollow Road, appeared before Pulaski Circuit Judge David Tapp on May 31 and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree Robbery and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence.
In a judgment filed on Tuesday, Meadows was sentenced to 10 years for each robbery count as well as five years for the tampering -- to be served concurrently for a total of 10 years.
The charges relate to two separate cases where Meadows was accused of using a knife to rob Apple's Wine and Spirits on December 28 and the Cash Express in Burnside on January 7.
An investigation by the Major Crimes Task Force determined that video evidence from the robberies showed that the suspect in both robberies seemed to be the same person. Video also showed a vehicle matching the description of one belonging to Meadows being at the scene of the Cash Express robbery.
Meadows was taken into custody on January 10 after law enforcement executed a search warrant on his residence, where he was reportedly found hiding in the attic.
According to an SPD statement at the time, clothing and a knife were found that was consistent with those used by the suspect in both robberies. The same knife was allegedly used in both robberies.
SPD also reported that Meadows confessed to both robberies when questioned.
At press time, Meadows remained lodged in the Pulaski County Detention Center.