Pictured: David Tatum and Spencer Siroky (Courtesy: First Judicial District Attorney)

2 Nebraska men get decades in prison for violent Westminster marijuana robbery

Two Nebraska men have been sentenced to decades in prison for a violent 2015 marijuana robbery in Westminster, prosecutors say.

David Tatum, 19 , and Spencer Siroky, 24, were respectively ordered to serve 20 years and 27 years behind bars. Both are from Lincoln, Neb.

Authorities say in the early morning hours of July 19, 2015, the pair, along with a third man, robbed a home in Westminster at gunpoint where they tied up and pistol-whipped the homeowners who had been asleep.

During the heist, money, guns and marijuana plants were stolen. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said the homeowners were in the retail marijuana business and one of their roommates was a medical marijuana provider.

Later that day, prosecutors say an off-duty Boulder County drug officer on vacation spotted the suspects’ vehicle at a rest stop in Nebraska, near the Colorado border. He alerted Nebraska authorities who stopped the car and found 10 pounds of live marijuana plants, 2.5 pounds of dried pot, 30 grams of marijuana concentrate and six guns, officials say.  

Tatum and Siroky were arrested and extradited to Colorado. 

“On a prior trip to Colorado, Siroky had been to (the victims’) house with a friend of his,” the district attorney’s office said in a news release. “Siroky had asked them to sell him marijuana, but the victims declined.”

A third man, 24-year-old Fredy Pedraza Castillo, is still being sought in the case. 

Tatum pleaded  guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery in August, prosecutors said, and Siroky pleaded guilty in July to kidnapping, aggravated robbery and two counts of burglary.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com