Phelps County Senior Judge John Wiggins sentenced Shaun Allen to serve 20 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections Monday, July 29.
Allen had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and seven counts of burglary in the 2nd degree.
The drug case was investigated by Rolla Police Officer Josh Campbell and the burglaries by Phelps County Sheriff's Detective Scott Jarrett. The cases were prosecuted by Phelps County Assistant Prosecutor Brendon Fox. The sentencing took place after Allen previously pleaded guilty on May 3, 2013.
On Oct. 18, 2011, Officer Campbell was responding to a tip of drug activity. After knocking on the door, Allen shouted for Officer Campbell to enter. Allen was measuring out heroin into baggies and apparently believed Officer Campbell was an anticipated buyer of the heroin.
"Sometimes cases just come together like that. Officer Campbell and the rest of the Street Crimes Unit are out there doing a great job protecting our community from guys like Shaun Allen," Fox said.
Between Oct. 31, 2011, and Nov. 3, 2011, Allen went on a burglary spree and broke into seven houses in Phelps County. On Nov. 4, 2011, Detective Jarrett went to interview Allen regarding stolen rings from one of the burglaries he had sold in Cuba and Sullivan.
During the interview, Detective Jarrett received permission to search the residence and found a large amount of stolen property from the burglaries.
"Detective Jarrett had been scouring the local pawn shops before he found the stolen rings and broke the case. This was old-fashioned police work at its finest," said Fox.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said, "Shaun Allen was a truly bad guy. Part of the delay in resolving the cases was because he is serving sentences in the Department of Corrections for assault and stealing. I'm hoping this means he'll be off the streets of Phelps County for 10 years or more before he could possibly be eligible for parole. Officer Campbell, Detective Jarrett, and Mr. Fox all did a top-notch job working together to make sure Shaun Allen can't hurt our community again for a very long time."