And "he didn't have any of the [criminal] history" like Richardson, Bloom said.
Richardson was found guilty last month of robbing and beating Denise Cool, a 61-year-old woman who regularly bought cocaine from him. When Cool refused to buy from him on Aug. 13, Richardson showed up at her apartment and beat and robbed her.
Cool testified during the hearing, but didn't attend the sentencing. Bailey said Richardson had threatened to kill Cool if she told anyone about the beating.
"He almost got away with it. She was terrified to come forward," the prosecutor said. He said Cool has been drug-free since the incident.
In another incident in September 2005, police pulled Richardson over on Interstate 79 for speeding in Clay County. Clorissa Fields' body was in the back seat. She had been stabbed six times. Richardson told police he was driving her to the hospital.
Bailey said that the Clay County prosecuting attorney has said there isn't enough evidence to charge Richardson in Fields' death. Bloom said he wouldn't consider that incident when determining Richardson's sentence.
Assistant Kanawha prosecutor Fred Giggenbach applauded the judge's decision after the sentencing.
"This is the longest robbery sentence I've been involved in, but none more deserving," Giggenbach said.
Justin Collin, Richardson's attorney, had asked the judge to sentence Richardson to around 17 years.
"Obviously this is not the kind of case where my client would get an alternative sentence," Collin told the judge. "Obviously my client has serious charges in his past."
Five of Richardson's family members, all women, attended the sentencing.
Collin told the judge he had advised his client not to speak Friday. Richardson plans to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.
While being escorted out of the courtroom, Richardson looked at prosecutors and said, "thank you."
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