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Man accused of robbing two women in Tacoma last summer is sentenced

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on April 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
April 19, 2010 1:43 pm

A 53-year-old man accused of robbing two women of and trying to sexual assault one of them last summer in Tacoma has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case.

Last month, Earl Lee Sherrod pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of unlawful imprisonment and intimidating a witness, according to court documents. On Friday, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Pierce County prosecutors alleged Sherrod confronted a woman the night of June 8 near the Tacoma Dome. He wielded a knife, threatened to stab the woman and demanded her cash, cell phone, debit card and PIN. The woman gave Sherrod her purse and he fled.

On July 13, prosecutors allege Sherrod cornered a woman in an elevator at a medical center in Tacoma. He demanded sex and held a knife to the woman, according to charging documents. The door opened and the woman screamed. Sherrod got cash from the woman and left.

The incidents sparked a citywide manhunt for Sherrod. Tacoma police officers arrested him July 18 as waited for an elevator at the Olympus Hotel.

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