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Robbers sentenced last week

By on January 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

Two of five teens arrested for armed robbery at a Columbia park in November were sentenced last week.

Paul M. West, 17, of Millstadt, was sentenced to 60 days in county jail, placed on four years probation, ordered to pay $1,415 in court costs and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service on a reduced charge of Class 2 felony robbery.

Tyler J. Kitchell, 15, of Millstadt, was sentenced to 61 days in jail with credit for 61 days served, placed on four years probation, ordered to pay $430 and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service on the same reduced charge. All weapons seized by police following the crime, including a 40 caliber Smith & Wesson firearm, were ordered confiscated and destroyed.

The incident occurred Nov. 9 at Meadowridge Park in Columbia, during which a bong was taken from a young man.

Charges against Colin Mortin, 17, Benjamin Caldwell, 16,  and Ryan Aukema, 16, for their roles in the incident are still pending. They were all charged as adults.

You can view the Police Blotter and Court Report each week in the R-T newspaper.


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Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.