Last defendant sentenced in Front Royal motel robbery
FRONT ROYAL – The fifth of five defendants charged in the beating and robbery of a New Market man was sentenced Monday in Warren County Circuit Court to two years in prison.
The defendant, Tamara Nicole Douglas, 22, of Front Royal, pleaded guilty to a charge of robbery in a plea agreement that included the dropping of several other charges stemming from an incident in August in the Blue Ridge Motel in Front Royal.
Douglas was scheduled to go on trial in mid-May but decided to accept a plea agreement after her four co-defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced last week. The sentences for the other defendants ranged from seven years in prison to three years supervised probation and no prison.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton said the victim, Peter Stauffer, 54, exchanged text messages with an unknown person that led to Douglas and two other women entering the motel room on the night of Aug. 20.
A social gathering commenced.
“They began drinking alcohol, and at some point the door opened,” Layton told Napier.
Two men entered the room and immediately began beating Stauffer, Layton said. They tied up Stauffer and robbed him of $400 cash, a cell phone and the victim’s car keys.
Stauffer suffered a broken nose and heavy facial bruises that required treatment at Warren Memorial Hospital after the incident.
Layton said the investigation was hampered by Douglas deliberately misidentifying the twin brother of one of the male defendants as one of the culprits in Stauffer’s beating.
Front Royal police detectives arrested the innocent twin, but were later able to verify his alibi and released him, Layton said. Douglas later correctly identified the other twin brother as the man who had actually beat Stauffer.
Napier indirectly reminded Douglas of her extensive criminal record after he sentenced her.
“We’ve been seeing each other in court for quite a few years now,” Napier told her. “You understand you made a really bad decision.”
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