Columbia man sentenced in 2009 robbery

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 | 4:18 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a 2009 assault and robbery.

Robert Carter, 19, was arrested in March on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and armed criminal action, according to a previous Missourian report. He was the last of five defendants to be sentenced.

In May 2009, Carter and others entered the home of a 64-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair. The man said four people, two of whom had shotguns, entered his home through an unlocked door and stole property and his SUV.

During the home invasion, one of the intruders struck the man in the face with the butt of a shotgun.

Carter was 16 at the time of the home invasion.

The others were arrested in May 2009. Columbia Police Department Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said she couldn't provide information on how police arrested Carter in March because he was a juvenile at the time of the incident. 

Austin Hammers was sentenced to 15 years in prison for second-degree robbery. Devin Jackson and Sharbee Jones were both sentenced to 12 years in prison, and Wesley Nelson to eight years, for first-degree burglary.

All defendants pleaded guilty before sentencing.

Boone County assistant prosecutor Richard Hicks said Jackson and Nelson entered into a plea agreement to testify against Carter in exchange for reduced sentences.

"This was an example of good police work, and I'm happy that we were able to get justice for the victims in this case," he said.

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