Defendant in Aaron Hobson's death pleads guilty

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 | 7:37 p.m. CDT; updated 8:05 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 12, 2011

COLUMBIA — A man charged with second-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the fatal shooting of Aaron Hobson pleaded guilty during a hearing at the Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday.

Lee Wyatt Carter, 24, of Columbia, is one of eight men charged in the death of Hobson, who was attacked by a group of men and shot at a Break Time convenience store parking lot in south Columbia on Oct. 23, 2010.

Boone County Chief Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight suggested a 20-year sentence for Carter, recommending 15 years for second-degree robbery and five years for armed criminal action to Judge Gary Oxenhandler.

"I think this is an appropriate sentence in this case," Knight said. "Aaron's family is very supportive of this recommendation." Knight said defense attorney George Batek will recommend a five-year sentence for both charges.

Knight said Carter will be sentenced in early December.

Three of the eight men charged in Hobson's death have already been sentenced, as previously reported by the Missourian.

  • Daron Peal, 24, from St. Louis, was sentenced to 45 years in September.
  • Patrick Rashod Marshall, 18, was sentenced to 15 years in September.
  • Daron Peal's younger brother, Darris Peal, 22, also from St. Louis was found guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday and is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
  • Leo Roland, 20, is scheduled to go to trial Nov. 29.
  • Anthony Carr, 25, is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 11, 2012.
  • Deshon Houston, 21, is scheduled for a sentencing hearing Feb. 13, 2012.

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