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Sikeston man is sentenced to life in jail

Sunday, March 26, 2006

CHARLESTON -- A Sikeston man will serve a life sentence without parole in the Missouri Department of Corrections for his part in the shooting death of Trevor Neal.

Randy Lamon McKeller, 24, was sentenced by Judge Fred Copeland, circuit judge for the 34th Circuit Court, to life without parole on a first degree murder charge and to 20 years for an armed criminal action charge which will run concurrent with the life sentence.

"That means he will stay in jail the rest of his natural life," said Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd.

McKeller was found guilty in a jury trial held Feb. 3 in Charleston on a change of venue and change of judge as requested by the defense. McKeller also faced the charges in August but the hearing was declared a mistrial when the jury could not agree on a verdict.

McKeller's co-defendant, Justin Robinson of Sikeston, was convicted by a jury of second degree murder and armed criminal action on Feb. 15, 2005, and is now serving a 30-year sentence in the DOC.

The murder occurred on May 24, 2003, at the corner of Dixie and Osage on Sikeston's west end. Prosecutors said Robinson flushed the victim out of a vehicle, chased him down, and held him while McKeller stepped up and pulled the trigger.

"The jury got an opportunity to listen to all the evidence in the case and the evidence indicated from day one that Randy McKeller did in fact shoot Trevor Neal," Boyd said.