Man gets three years for 2011 robbery
El Dorado County Judge Suzanne Kingsbury sentenced a Rocklin, Calif., man to state prison time Friday for a May 2011 robbery that left the victim paranoid and fearful of walking home from work.
Michael Barnett, 23, was sentenced to three years in state prison after he got out of a vehicle on Wildwood Avenue about 10:30 p.m. on May 30 and threatening an 18-year-old woman with a knife while demanding her purse.
The woman gave up her purse, Barnett got back into the car and the female driver of the vehicle drove away, according to police. Barnett and Rocklin resident Kathryn Mundt were arrested in connection with the robbery shortly afterward.
Barnett admitted taking part in the crime early on in the court process and said he is no longer the same person who was involved in the robbery. During Friday’s hearing, he said his mother introduced him to methamphetamine at 13 years old and said his past drug use has contributed to his criminal record.
“I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I am for the victim,” Barnett said.
He completed the county’s Health Education, Addiction Recovery Toward Self-Responsibility program, which deals with substance abuse and personal development, while in jail. Several of Barnett’s family members urged Kingsbury to allow him to participate in a residential drug-treatment program rather than sending him to prison.
In a June bail investigation report, the victim of the robbery said she was traumatized by the event and can no longer walk home from work because of the crime. The report also says the woman feels constantly paranoid because of the robbery.
Although El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Robert Priscaro said he is sad about Barnett’s upbringing, he said a previous prison sentence Barnett served in Arkansas should have been the wake-up call he needed to get his life together.
As part of Friday’s hearing, Kingsbury also cited Barnett’s decade-long criminal history in sentencing him to prison rather than a drug-treatment program.
“You have had time after time after time where you have been incarcerated and have had the opportunity to turn things around and that hasn’t happened,” Kingsbury said.
She said he wants Barnett to succeed in his desire to stay clean and recommended he serve his time in a prison facility with the capacity to provide drug and alcohol treatment. Barnett will receive credit toward his sentence for the 340 days he has already spent in jail, plus 50 days for good conduct.
On April 20, Kathryn Mundt was accused of a single count of robbery by an El Dorado County criminal grand jury for her alleged involvement in the crime. Her arraignment hearing on the charge is scheduled for May 21.