An Omaha man who pointed a “realistic-looking” pellet gun at a 17-year-old girl during an armed robbery at a Fort Calhoun gas station was sentenced to prison Tuesday in Washington County District Court.
Bradley D. Terry, 31, pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to robbery, a Class 2 felony.
On Tuesday, Chief Deputy County Attorney Erik Petersen offered evidence of previous convictions to enhance Terry to a habitual offender, which carries an automatic sentence of 10 to 60 years.
Judge John E. Samson sentenced Terry to 22 to 35 years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections. Due to habitual offender status, Terry must serve a minimum of 16 years.
On April 11, 2018, Terry and Richard A. Fredrickson, 30, of Omaha entered Calhoun Oil, 133 S. 14th St., dressed in black with bandanas over their faces. Terry brandished a silver handgun, which was later determined to be a pellet gun, while Fredrickson approached the counter and demanded money from the register.
Terry pointed the gun at the station owner and his 17-year-old daughter, Petersen said.
“I find it an incredibly cowardly thing to do, but it seems to go along with Mr. Terry's modus operandi,” he said.
The two men left in a black two-door BMW with no license plates at a high rate of speed. They headed south on U.S. Highway 75. They were later apprehended at a residence in Omaha.
“It was an extremely poor planned robbery that caused mental and emotional harm to the victims,” Samson said during the hearing.
Prior to sentencing, Terry's attorney, Mike Tasset of Oakland, said his client suffers from a chemical dependency problem and that he is not a violent person.
“His nature is to be compliant and nice, except when he's using meth,” Tasset said.
Petersen said the state offered Terry a “lifeline” to testify against Frederickson. However, Terry chose not to take it.
“He made a choice to accept responsibility for his actions and leave the other person involved to his own devices,” Tasset added.
Terry told the court he has taken the last year of his incarceration to reflect on the “chaos” he has caused.
“The pain I've caused my family and those around me is not fair,” he said.
Terry said his impact needs to be positive. He also apologized to the victims.
“I hope they know there is a genuine man who apologizes for my action,” he said.
Frederickson pladed no contest to robbery April 5. The state is recommending 20 to 25 years in prison. He could face up to 50 years.
Sentencing is set for June 4.