BROOKSVILLE — Richard Daniel Ulrich already had a lengthy criminal record when authorities say he broke into the home of his former boss last February and tried to rob her.
On Wednesday, Ulrich pleaded no contest to charges of burglary and armed robbery as part of a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Investigators say Ulrich, 53, entered the woman's Spring Hill home on Feb. 25 armed with a wooden stake, poked her, demanded money and threatened to kill her for firing him from a job a few years ago. The woman was able to escape to a neighbor's house, and deputies tracked down Ulrich the next day at his parents' house in Spring Hill.
At Wednesday's hearing, Circuit Judge Anthony Tatti noted Ulrich's numerous convictions for armed robbery.
"Two hundred and seventy months in the Department of Corrections is a long time," the judge told Ulrich, "but probably not long enough."