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Missouri Attorney General Announces Conviction for Assault on Greene County Prosecuting Attorney

Nov 12, 2019, 16:41 PM by AG Eric Schmitt
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that a Greene County jury found Robert Lee Young guilty of robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action, for events that occurred on June 21, 2018.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced today that a Greene County jury found Robert Lee Young guilty of robbery in the first degree and armed criminal action, for events that occurred on June 21, 2018.

At trial, the state presented evidence that on June 21, 2018, Robert Young entered the CoxHealth North Medical Tower and went up to the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on the sixth floor. Young got back on the elevator, returned to the first floor, and a Greene County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney entered the elevator to return to her office.

Young threatened the assistant prosecutor with a knife, saying “This is a robbery.” The victim gave up her wedding ring and fifty dollars in cash. Young was caught a short time later nearby with the knife and the wedding ring. Young was on parole for several armed robberies committed in 1992 in St. Louis.

The case was tried by Assistant Attorneys General Tony Brown and Paige Wheeler. They were assisted by Investigator David Southard and the case was investigated by the Springfield Police Department.

Sentencing is set for January 9, 2019, at 11:00AM before the Honorable Charles Curless. Young faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on the robbery and no maximum sentence for armed criminal action.

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