Man gets eight years in prison for armed robberies in Janesville, Beloit

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Frank Schultz
Friday, December 1, 2017

JANESVILLEA man who helped rob three stores in Beloit and Janesville last May was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison.

Ray D. Trickie, 35, has been in prison for six months after the revocation of his extended supervision in a previous case. The new sentence will supersede the previous sentence, so his maximum prison term will be eight years, Rock County Judge Michael Haakenson decided.

Trickie pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to two of the three armed robbery charges. He and Thomas J. McKee, 30, of 1214 Cherry St., Janesville, displayed steak knives and demanded money and cigarettes at two convenience stores and a Walgreens, according to the criminal complaint.

They sold the cigarettes and bought cocaine, according to the complaint.

When they got to the Walgreens in Beloit, Trickie told McKee he didn’t want to commit any more robberies, according to the complaint. That charge against Trickie was dismissed.

Two clerks reported they were fearful that the robbers would return. One had to take a day off to deal with it, Assistant District Attorney Jodi Dabson-Bollendorf said.

Trickie told a Department of Corrections agent that McKee was the leader and that Trickie was so intoxicated that he doesn’t remember much of what happened, Dabson-Bollendorf said.

Dabson-Bollendorf said Trickie was trying to deflect responsibility for the crimes, and she noted an extensive criminal history, including thefts and forgeries. She recommended 10 years in prison.

Defense attorney Josh Klaff said his client deserves to go to prison, but he said five years would be a significant sentence.

Klaff said it’s not necessarily evading responsibility to suggest the other man was the leader, and Trickie’s guilty pleas show he accepts responsibility.

The sentence also includes seven years of extended supervision and five years of probation after that, so the system will be watching Trickie for a long time, Haakenson said, and if he makes a misstep, he can be sent back to prison, potentially for a long time.

Haakenson made Trickie eligible for prison rehabilitation programs, which could shorten his sentence.

After sentencing was completed, Trickie’s father asked to speak. He said he loved his son, but he said he has gone downhill since his mother died in 2005.

Trickie needs mental health treatment for bipolar disorder and should start fresh in another place when he gets out of prison, his father said.

Haakenson told Trickie it’s likely he has to deal with his mother’s death and associated mental health problems in order to overcome his drug problems.

McKee pleaded guilty Nov. 21 to two of three charges of robbery as a repeat offender. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 1.

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