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Defendant could get 20 years for role in Hobson homicide

Monday, October 31, 2011 | 5:03 p.m. CDT; updated 9:36 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 31, 2011

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man could get up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery and armed criminal action for his role in a young man's fatal shooting last fall.

Leo Demarcus Roland, 20, is one of eight defendants charged in the fatal shooting of Aaron Hobson on Oct. 23, 2010.

Hobson, who was 22, had traveled to Columbia from Wichita, Kan., to watch his cousin, Trey Hobson, play in Missouri's Homecoming game. Earlier that night, Aaron Hobson had attended a party with friends when they decided to meet in the parking lot of a Break Time convenience store, the Missourian reported.

According to court documents, Roland was one of eight suspects who attacked and robbed Hobson in the parking lot of the Break Time convenience store at 110 E. Nifong Blvd.

Court documents state that Roland and another defendant, Tony Lewis, were identified by Columbia police officer Lori Simpson as suspects fleeing the scene. The defendants charged were identified through surveillance footage of the incident, according to court documents.

Boone County Chief Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight recommended to Judge Kevin Crane that Roland serve 15 years for second-degree robbery and five years for armed criminal action, to be served consecutively.

Of the eight men charged in Hobson's death, Roland is the fifth defendant to plead guilty. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 12.

Daron Peal, 24, of St. Louis, who was believed to have fatally shot Hobson, was given a 45-year sentence in September. Peal's younger brother, Darris Peal, 22, also of St. Louis, was also implicated in the case and found guilty by a jury in September. Darris Peal is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 8. Patrick Marshall, 18, of St. Louis, is the youngest of the defendants and was given a 15-year sentence.

Anthony Carr, 25, of Columbia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years.

Three more defendants are scheduled to be in court:

  • Lee Carter, 24, pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 12.
  • Deshon Houston, 21, pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 13, 2012.
  • Tony Lewis, 28, is scheduled for a jury trial on Jan. 30, 2012.

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