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Hamdogs armed robber sentenced to 20-years in prison

by Maggie O'Neill, Staff Writer

A Gardnerville man received a 20-year prison sentence Monday for use of a gun during his Sept. 24 robbery of Hamdogs Restaurant in Gardnerville.

Tracey Lock, 29, will be eligible for parole no earlier than five years.

Lock apologized to the court and told the judge he is getting what he deserves.

“I let down a lot of people,” he said. “I would give anything in the world to take this back.”

Robbery is punishable by two to 15 years in the Nevada State Prison. Use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a robbery requires the sentence of the original offense be doubled and served separately.

The 10-year sentence that District Court Judge David Gamble gave Lock for robbery became 20 under the armed robbery enhancement.

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Gamble told him that he could not condone the “horrible danger” presented to the public.

“This is beyond the pale of what society allows,” he said. “And we’re going to take you out of society for a period of time.”

No one was hurt in the robbery . Two employees and one customer were in the restaurant about 2 a.m. when Lock entered with a mask over his face.

Lock’s attorney Tod Young argued for a 28-month sentence, describing his first impression of him to be “like a decent guy” and “pleasant, cooperative and polite.”

Young said that Lock was so concerned about providing the gun to investigators that he re-stole it after returning it to the owner from the first time he took it.

“He goes back and steals the gun again,” he said.

“Tracy, he’s not a real complicated person.”

Deputy District Attorney Dina Salvucci recommended a prison sentence of 35 to 156 months for the robbery.

Gamble told Lock that his apology was what he wanted to hear. Lock has previous convictions and was registered as an ex-felon before the robbery.

“I actually believe you’ve got a good shot at having a life when you get out of here,” Gamble said.

– Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’neill@recordcourier.com or (775) 782-5121, ext. 214.