Ronald Tackman, 57, was sentenced in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the site of his brazen escape on robbery charges in 2009, when he posed as an attorney wearing a three-piece suit and strolled out of the building. The black socks he pulled over his prison-issued canvas shoes helped disguise his identity from court officers. He was at large for two days before police caught him.
Tackman twice before attempted to escape during his more than 20 years in prison for various convictions, including several robberies. He carried out most of his crimes with some type of fake gun. He once carved a gun out of a bar of soap and manged to commandeer a New York correctional bus, releasing several prisoners temporarily.
After his release from prison in ’06, Tackman went back to committing robberies, sticking up a Domino’s pizza store, a Dunkin’ Donuts and other stores in 2007 and 2008 in Manhattan.
In three of the crimes, Tackman carried a phony black gun. When it fell and shattered, he took out a silver lighter that resembled a gun, and continued with the robbery.
Along with phony guns, the master of disguise sported fake noses, various hats, and different eyeglasses when he attempted his robberies.
“He is a man who has spent his entire adult life committing crimes, and there is no indication that if he ever got out of prison, he would do anything else but commit more crimes,” Whitt said in asking Justice Richard Carruthers for 60 years to life.
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