Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock announces the guilty plea and sentencing of Robert Alan Peak

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock announced that Robert Alan Peak was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to seven felonies and one misdemeanor, including his 2021 escape from the Cullman County Detention Center.

“I am proud of the efforts of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office and the Cullman Police Department for their investigations that contributed to Peak’s guilty pleas and lengthy sentence,” said District Attorney Blaylock. “Peak is a three-time prior convicted felon that has been sentenced to state prison twice and federal prison once. Our office was able to resolve all of Peak’s cases and bring closure to the victims by removing this menace from our community.”

While out on bond for a drug charge, local law enforcement began building numerous cases in which Peak was the primary suspect. Using these subsequent arrests, the District Attorney’s Office filed to revoke Peak’s bond. Thereafter, District Judge Rusty Turner entered an order placing Peak in the Cullman County Detention Center without bond. On March 18, 2021, Peak and three others escaped from the jail. While on the run for several hours, Peak committed other crimes before he was eventually captured after a multi-county high speed pursuit.

Circuit Judge Greg Nicholas sentenced peak to 30 years in prison pursuant to an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office. Peak pled guilty to: escape 2nd degree, robbery 3rd degree, burglary 3rd degree, theft of property 1st degree (two counts), theft of property 2nd degree, receiving stolen property 2nd degree and domestic violence – 3rd degree – harassment. Peak is also ordered to pay restitution to his victims. Lastly, Peak is not eligible for good-time credit due to his sentence length.

For his property related crimes, Peak faced a maximum of 115 months in prison according to the sentencing guidelines; however, due to nature of his other crimes, the District Attorney’s Office was able to deviate from the guidelines and proceed under the Habitual Felony Offender Act.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Cline and Pre-Trial Coordinator Tracey Smith.