published Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Tennessee: Crime draws 240-year sentence

An acknowledged drug dealer has been sentenced to 240 years in prison for a nighttime home invasion in Collierville, Tenn.

Judge James Lammey on Tuesday cited Curtis Keller's lack of remorse in handing down the sentence for a May 2010 home invasion in which Keller threatened a woman and children with guns and pistol-whipped a man, The Commercial Appeal reported.

Keller was convicted of eight felonies last fall for leading masked gunmen into a home to retrieve 15 pounds of marijuana that the man in the house had been selling after telling Keller it had been stolen.

Keller told police he went to the house to get $10,000 or the marijuana back.

"I don't care if there was 100 pounds of gold in there," Lammey said. "He doesn't have the right to terrorize a family because someone took his weed."

One of the children, who had been hiding in a closet, called police. Authorities arrested Keller and Aaron Tate at the scene. Tate was sentenced to 138 years in prison last month.

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