BROOKSVILLE — Nathaniel Walker faced up to life in prison if convicted for his role in connection with an armed robbery last year. Instead, the 33-year-old Brooksville man could be released by his 40th birthday.
Hernando Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti on Tuesday sentenced Walker to four concurrent terms of 80 months, or a little over 6 1/2 years, with credit for 294 days served. Walker, already a convicted felon, entered an open guilty plea last month to home invasion armed robbery, possessing a firearm as a felon and two counts of possessing ammunition as a felon.
On Dec. 16, Walker and Kenneth Trout, 26, showed up at Edward Alt's home on Duffield Road south of Brooksville to sell him a sawed-off shotgun. When Alt declined, they tied him up and stole guns and his wallet, authorities say.
Sentencing guidelines called for a prison term of at least eight years. Assistant State Attorney Rob Lewis told Tatti a departure was appropriate because Walker's cooperation resulted in a guilty plea and 15-year sentence for Trout, who likely carried the shotgun and planned the robbery.