Bentley suspect pleads guilty to robbery

Saturday, March 14, 2009 | 1:49 p.m. CDT; updated 11:51 a.m. CST, Tuesday, November 3, 2009

COLUMBIA — One of the five suspects charged in connection with the June 2008 killing of a Columbia man pleaded guilty to a robbery Friday in Boone County Circuit Court.

Quillan Jacobs, 17, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree robbery, according to Missouri CaseNet. Jacobs was originally charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the shooting death of 22-year-old Nathaniel Bentley.

The guilty plea was entered at a hearing on Friday. At a hearing on Monday, the prosecution's motion to endorse witnesses for Jacobs' April 24 trial was sustained without objection from the defense.

Also charged in connection with Bentley's death are Michael Jaco, 18; Denzel Smith, 18; Malcolm Washington, 26; and Damon Williams, 24. All four suspects are charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Williams was initially charged with first-degree murder, but that charge was reduced to second-degree murder by the prosecution at a hearing last week.

On June 10, 2008, five men forced their way into the Pimlico Drive duplex looking for drugs and cash, according to a probable cause statement filed with the court. Bentley was sleeping in his upstairs bedroom when at least one of the suspects entered the room, according to the statement. Witnesses told police they heard a gunshot before the suspects left the house with an Xbox game system, two purses and at least one cell phone, according to the statement.

Bentley was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. He was later pronounced dead.

Jacobs' final sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4 at 1:30 p.m. in Boone County Circuit Court. Trials for the other four suspects are scheduled for four different dates throughout April, according to CaseNet.

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