CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two Southeast Missouri men learned their fate Thursday when they appeared before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel for drug-related activity.
Daryl Anthony Babb, 33, of Lilbourn was sentenced to 37 months and Bobby H. Reno Jr., 35, of Steele, earned 5 1/2 years in prison.
Babb was sentenced after being convicted on one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
According to reports, on Jan. 11, 2002, at approximately 7 p.m. an officer with the Lilbourn Police Department responded to a report of a man with a gun at Casey's Convenience store at the junction of State Routes D and U in New Madrid County.
Upon arrival at the scene, Darnell Shepherd, 37, of Haywood City, told the officer that Babb had shot at him. The officer then observed Babb remove a knife from his clothing and advance toward Shepherd, threatening to kill him. The officer drew his weapon and demanded that Babb drop the knife, which he eventually did. A 7.62x54 caliber bolt-action rifle was discovered in Babb's pickup truck which was parked on the parking lot at the business. Babb had been convicted in 1990 in the Circuit Court of New Madrid County for second degree burglary and stealing.
Reno was convicted of one felony count of distribution of methamphetamine. The admitted that on Feb. 19, 2002, he intentionally distributed 13.3 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine to John T. Hayes in exchange for $1,500.
Upon release from prison, Reno will be placed on three years supervised probation.