CHARLESTON - A Cape Girardeau man will spend the next 30 years in prison as punishment for aiding in the Keller Truck Stop robbery in Miner.
Darrin Meuir, 24, was sentenced following a jury trial held in the Mississippi County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge David A. Dolan.
The jury convicted Meuir of acting in association with Christopher Shipman in commission of the robbery.
"This defendant was every bit as dangerous as the actual robber," said Mississippi County Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Spencer, who tried the case on behalf of Scott County. "What set him apart is that he was armed with a loaded 30-06 rifle, keeping watch for passing cars while this robbery was committed and then attempted to drive both him and his partner to safety before being stopped by the police."
Meuir was found guilty Tuesday of the class A felony of first degree robbery, which brought a 20-year sentence, and the unclassified felony of armed criminal action, for which he was sentenced an additional 10 years. In court, it was mentioned that one of the factors leading to the sentences was the fact that Meuir had seven prison felony convictions for which he had served time in the past.
Shipman previously pled guilty to first degree robbery and was sentenced to serve 10 years. At the time of the robbery, Shipman had no prior convictions.
After the sentence was handed down, Spencer added: "It won't be tolerated in Southeast Missouri if you aid others to commit heinous crimes. The people of Southeast Missouri can rest a little easier knowing that this career criminal is off the streets for a long time."