Columbia man sentenced to 15 years for shooting near Rock Bridge High School

Monday, July 9, 2012 | 6:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Christopher Roseberry was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a Nov. 21 shooting near Rock Bridge High School.

Roseberry, 18, entered a guilty plea June 4. He will be eligible for probation if he completes a 120-day shock incarceration. This military-type treatment is intended for first-time offenders to help prevent a relapse into crime.

Judge Christine Carpenter issued the ruling in the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County after hearing testimony asking for leniency from Roseberry's mother, grandmother, stepfather and pastor.

Roseberry had been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and has already spent eight months in jail.

Four people were arrested in connection with the shooting, but only Roseberry was held after admitting he fired the gun.

The shooting took place after a confrontation earlier in the day with the intended shooting victims.

The shots were fired from a car on the South Providence Pedway in front of the school.

No one was injured during the shooting, and two of the nine rounds fired were found in a car of a nearby motorist, not the intended victims' vehicle. 

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Nathan Whitaker July 10, 2012 | 6:20 a.m.

So, someone can admit to what is basically attempted first degree murder, and walk away with four months of boot camp?
I expect to read more tales of high adventure starring Mr. Roseberry before the year is out.

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