The man who used two guns to rob a family market on the southside of Huntington may get a second chance.
A judge originally sentenced Eric Tardy to 20 years in prison, but today the judge opened the door to less time behind bars
Cabell Circuit Court Judge Alfred Ferguson says this is one of the toughest decisions he's had to make over the more than 30 years he's been on the bench.
Tardy walked in to Julian's market last year and put two guns in the face of the clerk during a robbery. After being caught, he admitted what he did and pleaded guilty.
Today the judge decided to let the Department Of Corrections decide if Tardy is a candidate for the youthful offender program. If Tardy gets that chance, he would spend anywhere from 6 months to 2 years in at the Anthony Center instead of Mount Olive, and then get out on probation.
Tardy's attorney says the difference here is that Tardy accepted responsibility for what he did. The two other suspects in the case are still awaiting trial and denied their role.
There is still no guarantee that Tardy won't serve the full 20 years, only that he'll be considered for the alternative sentencing. It will be up to him to prove himself over the next 60 days.
Anthony Dooley and Brian Ellis are the other two suspects accused in the Julian's robbery.