Columbia resident Bobby Rohrer and Henry Rehmert of Belle were sentenced Friday in U.S. District court in St. Louis.
Rohrer, 39, was sentenced to 29 years in prison, while Rehmert, 27, received 10 years, said U.S. Attorney James Martin in a news release. Neither will be eligible for parole. In addition, both defendants were ordered to pay $475,000 in compensation to victims.
Both men had been charged with racketeering crimes involving murder, robbery, extortion, arson, fraud, kidnapping and money laundering, Martin said.
The case was originally investigated by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, but in 2001 a criminal pattern was established encompassing several jurisdictions in central Missouri.
From 1989 to 2002 the defendants and other men including Rehmert’s father, Henry Rehmert Sr., and Wayne Jaegers were involved in a myriad of crimes, swindling individuals and eventually narcotics dealers, Martin said. The scheme that began as a small operation to defraud individuals of small amounts of cash eventually involved murder.
Martin said the organization is responsible for the murders of Ricky Simpson in Osage Beach and Sheri Lynne Montague.
Jaegers and Rehmert Sr. previously pled guilty. They face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Sentencing for these men and co-defendant Donna Jaegers is set for Friday.
Martin praised Missouri state and local agencies for the successful investigation.
“This investigation was a text-book example of local, state and federal law enforcement cooperation,” he said.
Missourian reporter M. Ronnie Matthew contributed to this story.