A Bensalem woman who admits to robbing her former roommate the day after Christmas last year has been sentenced to up to five years in state prison.
Tara Shiplee, 40, plead guilty Tuesday to pistol-whipping and verbally threatening her former roommate on December 26, 2017 while two accompanying men accompanied stole various items from the victim including an iPhone and a television. The pistol was later found out to be a pellet gun.
Shiplee admits she put the BB gun to the victim’s head and threatened to kill her. When the former roommate attempted to flee, Shiplee grabbed her by the hair, threw her on the ground, and hit her.
Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. sentenced Shiplee and summarized the events bluntly.
“I’m guessing this was something that scared this lady quite a bit,” Bateman said.
Shiplee has been ordered to serve 27 months to five years, in addition to paying $1,330 in restitution charges and serving 7 years on probation.
The two men who accompanied Shiplee were identified as Christopher Michael Hannah, 37, and David W. Carr Jr., 45. Hannah and Shiplee are involved in a relationship and have a six-year-old daughter together.
Hannah pleaded guilty and is sentenced to serve between 11½ to 23 months for the robbery. Hannah is said to have struggles with drug addiction and wishes to return to work in the iron industry upon release.
Hannah and Carr Jr. were also arrested for their involvement in two robberies of Penn Life Sciences in Falls Township back in January of this year.
The total value of the industrial equipment stolen in the thefts, which includes copper wire, is $39,000. Hannah is required to pay back $27,000 in restitution.
Carr Jr. also plead guilty to his crimes and awaits sentencing. He is expected to be sentenced to pay the remaining $12,000 in restitution.