A man with a criminal history dating back more than three decades is headed to prison for assaulting the owner of a Sacramento-area restaurant.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Delbert Oros today sentenced Frederick Tanner, 53, to 46 years and four months to life in prison. A jury in April convicted Tanner of four felonies, including criminal threats, assault likely to produce great bodily injury, commercial burglary and possession of stolen property. The jury also found true six prior conviction allegations, including prior strikes, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On Jan. 19, 2013, Tanner stole a wallet out of a vehicle while the owner was distracted. Minutes later, he entered a closed restaurant as the owner and an employee were busy getting ready to open. Tanner sneaked into the private office and was going through the employee’s purse when they owner caught him. Tanner proceeded to beat the owner while threatening to kill him, authorities said.
The employee called 911 and ran for help. When the employee returned, she saw Tanner sitting on top of the business owner with his hands around the owner’s throat and repeatedly smashing his head on the ground. The employee intervened and law enforcement officers arrived shortly thereafter, taking Tanner into custody.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Tanner’s criminal history dates back to 1978, and includes 12 felony convictions and strike offenses. He has served five separate prison sentences and has been returned to custody on at least 14 previous occasions for parole violations and new convictions.