September 8, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today Judge John Moody has sentenced Robert L. Thieman, 60, to prison terms of 15 years for first-degree assault, 10 years for armed criminal action, and 10 years for unlawful use of a weapon. All sentences are to run concurrently.
Koster said a Douglas County jury found Thieman guilty after hearing testimony that he shot his neighbor and friend of 30 years, David Reed, 62, on July 5, 2005. Reed was awakened on the night of the shooting by family members who heard Thieman shouting and shooting on his property. Fearing Thieman might be injured, Reed drove to the defendant's property to check on him. When he arrived, Thieman began shooting into the car and hit Reed, who sustained permanent injuries to his hand and arm.
"This crime left the victim with an injury he'll have to live with the rest of his life," Koster said. "I believe the cause of justice has been served with Judge Moody's sentence."