Tucker was sentenced to the active prison term on Friday (February 22) by the Honorable Daniel A. Kuehnert, Superior Court Judge from Burke County, more than a year after he was found guilty of the offenses by a Catawba County jury.
The defendant was found guilty on February 15, 2018, but sentencing was deferred at that time until a pre-sentencing evaluation of the defendant was completed by the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections.
Tucker was wanted on federal warrants when he was spotted driving a vehicle by officers with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office on December 18, 2014. He led multiple officers on a high-speed chase before exiting his vehicle and disappearing into a wooded area. He later was taken into custody.
Tucker’s sentence length was enhanced by his habitual felon status stemming from prior convictions for common law robbery (March 1986), assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury (February 1988) and breaking/entering (February 1995), all in Catawba County.