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Morley man sentenced in Miner robbery

Monday, November 12, 2001

BENTON - A Morley man has been sentenced to serve 10 years for the robbery of a Miner business.

According to the Scott County Prosecutor's Office, on Thursday Christopher Shipman, 28, entered a guilty plea to the offense of robbery in the first degree for the robbery of Keller's Truck Stop in Miner.

Shipman was sentenced by Judge David Dolan to serve 10 years in prison for the offense. Since robbery in the first degree is defined by the Missouri Legislature as a "dangerous offense" Shipman will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he will be given consideration for parole.

The robbery occurred around 4 a.m. Sept. 13 at Keller's Truck Stop when Shipman entered the building armed with what appeared to be a black revolver and was wearing a gas mask as a disguise. Shipman demanded money from the cashier and escaped from the business with money and a cash drawer.

Running from the truck stop, Shipman got into a car that was waiting for him while the robbery was committed. Driving the car was Darren Meuir, 24, of Cape Girardeau, who was also armed at the time.

Both defendants then drove out of Miner and into Sikeston where they were pursued by officers from the Miner Police Department and Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Eventually the car stopped and the proceeds from the robbery were located in the car. Both suspects were arrested at that time.

Meuir is currently facing charges of robbery in the first degree for aiding and assisting Shipman and armed criminal action. He has chosen not to plead guilty and will have a preliminary hearing Nov. 14.

According to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory Spencer, no plea offers will be expended to Meuir. Trial by jury can be expected in Meuir's case early next year. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison on each of his charges.

"This is a strong example of the benefits that can be had when our local police agencies cooperate and work together in keeping the community at large safe," said Spencer.

"(Miner Police Department) Chief Anthony Moody was the first officer to arrive and he quickly located the suspect vehicle leaving the scene and gave chase. Without the quick thinking of Chief Moody and his actions, these dangerous individuals may have escaped."