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Hannibal teen gets suspended sentence in 2016 home invasion, shooting

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jan. 3, 2018 6:10 pm Updated: Jan. 3, 2018 6:21 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A 17-year-old Hannibal resident who pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree attempted robbery in connection with a 2016 home invasion has received a 10-year suspended prison sentence.

Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd also placed Austin Anderson in the Dual Jurisdiction Program operated by the Missouri Division of Youth Services at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court. The program is a blended sentencing option used when juvenile and adult sentences are simultaneously imposed, with the adult sentence suspended.

The Division of Youth Services operates a 40-bed secure facility in Montgomery City for Dual Jurisdiction youths that offers treatment and education components.

Anderson had previously been certified by the Marion County Juvenile Office as an adult. He pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery charge in July.

Anderson brought one of the guns and ammunition used in the Nov. 20, 2016, home invasion and shooting of Ronald Gillum at his home in the 1700 block of Park Avenue. Gillum was shot in the abdomen.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton asked for a 10-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections to be served immediately.

"(Anderson) has been previously sent to the Division of Youth Services for actions involving firearms in the past," Clayton said. "After his release from (the Division of Youth Services), he reoffended and a person got shot. I believed his actions deserve adult consequences, not placement in another juvenile facility."

Three others involved in the invasion have already been sentenced.SClBJohn Charles Newman, 23, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted robbery, second-degree assault and armed criminal action.

Thomas Willemarck, 19, received a 10-year suspended prison sentence, along with a 120-day institutional treatment program in the Department of Corrections.

Stephanie Pettit, 27, received probation in exchange for her cooperation against the others.

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