Judge gives trio strict sentences for burglary, robbery, kidnapping

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 2:28pm
Staff reports

In a sentencing order Tuesday, Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier sentenced Elza Evans, whom he deemed a repeat violent offender, to life without parole. Dozier also sentenced Gregory Mathis to 126 years in prison and Emily Turner to 68 years.

The three were each convicted last fall on counts including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and especially aggravated kidnapping for their roles in the February 2009 home invasion and robbery.

Turner, an acquaintance of the victim, stayed overnight with the victim and his girlfriend. The next morning she let Mathis, 38, and Evans, 41, into the house where they tied up the man and held him at gunpoint while Turner, 36, took the victim’s girlfriend to a Murfreesboro Pike bank to cash two $9,000 checks.

While at the bank, the female victim told a bank teller what was going on, and the teller called police.

Police arrived and caught Evans and Mathis as they fled the residence. They later arrested Turner.

A sentencing hearing in the case was held last month, but Dozier opted to release the order Tuesday.