Man will serve out robbery sentence at mental hospital
The Yuma man who robbed a Yuma convenience store last year while armed with a straight-edge razor will serve out the remainder of his sentence at a mental institution rather than a prison.
In handing down the sentence Wednesday in Yuma County Superior Court, Superior Court Judge David Haws ordered that Tariye Shanklin, 32, be committed to the custody of the Arizona Department of Health Services, which operates the Arizona State Mental Hospital, for a period of 75 days.
Shanklin plead guilty to one count of attempted robbery in a plea agreement on July 10. In return for his guilty plea, charges against him of armed robbery, theft and assault were dismissed.
While he is at the state hospital, Shanklin will be evaluated and treated for his mental illness. Haws also ordered that the state hospital submit a report to his court assessing Shanklin's mental health, and dangerousness no later than Sept. 18.
Haws explained that Shanklin had been given to the presumptive sentence of one-and-a-half years for the crime, which occurred back on April 10, 2012, and that the 75 days were all that remained on the sentence since his arrest, having been in custody the entire time.
Haws also scheduled a review hearing for Shanklin for Oct. 2 at 8:30 am, which 12 days before he is to be released. In doing so, he ordered that the Yuma County Sheriff's Office would transport Shanklin from the state hospital, back to Yuma for the hearing.
According to court records, in April 2012 Shanklin allegedly entered the Circle K at 24th Street and 8th Avenue and demanded money from the clerk while brandishing a straight-edge razor.
After fleeing the scene with an undisclosed sum of money, Shanklin was caught a short time later near 32nd Street and Avenue B. He still had the razor in his possession, according to court records.
Shanklin had also faced charges in a separate and unrelated case in which he allegedly assaulted a Yuma hotel manager earlier that day. However, the two cases were combined into a single case.
According to court records, in the unrelated incident, Shanklin allegedly threw a rock at the manager of the Wyndham Hotel, 1760 S. Sunridge Drive, earlier that day after the manager asked him to leave the premises.