Petaluma mom, Santa Rosa daughter sentenced to prison in costumed pot robbery
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:49 p.m.
NOVATO -- A Petaluma woman who compelled her daughter to rob a Novato marijuana grower at gunpoint was sentenced to state prison Wednesday along with the daughter, who ended up with an even longer sentence.
Keren Anne Blake, 40, received an eight-year term for the costumed home-invasion robbery last Halloween morning. Her daughter, Teresa Gollihugh, 21, of Santa Rosa, received a nine-year term because she was the one who held the gun to the victim's head.
At the sentencing hearing, Deputy District Attorney Geoff Iida recited text messages between the two women that showed them plotting the robbery in advance. The victim was David Randolph, Blake's former boyfriend.
"i really think that dave lives alone has several pounds a week n it aint gonna hurt him 2 loose all he has right this min he will bounce back quickly lol," Blake texted her daughter. "n if i have couple guys with masks he cant idintify it will b fine n i wont let him get hurt just held 4 couple min."
The caper occurred at about 2 a.m. Oct. 31 at Randolph's home on Center Road in Novato. At Blake's urging, Gollihugh, who was enlisted in the Coast Guard, got a gun from her boyfriend and persuaded a third woman, Mollie Anna Blumberg, to participate in the scheme.
Blake drove them to Randolph's home, stopping first to buy heavy tape at a gas station, and waited in the car. Blumberg, dressed in a fairy princess costume, went to Randolph's door under the pretense of borrowing his phone.
After Randolph let Blumberg inside, Gollihugh burst into the home in military camouflage and pulled the gun on the victim. A struggle ensued, and Blake, dressed in a hood and a wig, rushed in to assist.
Randolph suffered numerous injuries -- including a 5-inch cut to his head that required 22 stitches -- after he was allegedly struck by beer bottles, a metal lamp, a coffee mug and glass from a shattered bong, Novato police said. He escaped by running outside and calling for help.
Randolph told police he recognized Blake when he pulled off her wig. Then he realized the gunwoman was Gollihugh, whom he had met before.
In March, Blumberg, 21, took a plea deal and admitted to armed burglary. Gollihugh and Blake eventually pleaded guilty to robbery involving a gun. Judge James Ritchie sentenced Gollihugh and Blake on Wednesday in accordance with their negotiated plea deals.
Iida, the prosecutor, said the case "represented a deplorable and disappointing example of motherhood."
Before the hearing, Gollihugh submitted a handwritten letter to the judge expressing remorse and describing her long struggle with alcoholism and her codependency with a drug-addicted mother.
Gollihugh said her father was sent to prison when she was a baby. Her mother turned to methamphetamine, and Gollihugh herself was a heavy drinker by her early teens, according to the letter.
Gollihugh said she dropped out of school but later earned a general equivalency diploma and attended Eastern New Mexico University. Then she left college and joined the Coast Guard.
"I can be a great member of society," said Gollihugh, who had no prior criminal record. "I am a soldier and a survivor."
Her public defender, La Dell Dangerfield, described the case as a "tragedy." He said the only silver lining is that the couple who adopted Gollihugh's child has agreed to let her have some contact when she leaves prison.
"She had a tumultuous upbringing and not a lot of help along the way," Dangerfield said. "She was someone reared to be in this exact situation."
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