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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Delano robber gets 17 years in prison

  • A Rolla man who pleaded guilty this past week to robbing a convenience store in 2012 will serve 17 years in prison, a judge has decided. Robert Lynn Walker, 44, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault Tuesday, April 15, for a robbery that occurred Sept. 1, 2012, at the Delano Station in the 100 block of Highway 72 in Rolla.
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  • A Rolla man who pleaded guilty this past week to robbing a convenience store in 2012 will serve 17 years in prison, a judge has decided.
    Robert Lynn Walker, 44, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree assault Tuesday, April 15, for a robbery that occurred Sept. 1, 2012, at the Delano Station in the 100 block of Highway 72 in Rolla.
    Walker has been sentenced to 17 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
    According to the Rolla Police Department, which investigated the incident, a masked gunman entered the Delano Station and demanded money from the clerk on duty.
    The gunman stole in excess of $5,000 and pepper sprayed the clerk before fleeing the scene.
    Witnesses reported suspicious activity after the robbery by Walker and his girlfriend, which led to their arrests on Sept. 7, 2012.
    When RPD officers served a search warrant at a residence, the officers used a battering ram to break the door of the home where the suspect was believed to be.
    During this time, an officer who was not wearing a helmet suffered head injuries and had to get six stitches after trim boards in the interior of the home fell on the officer, RPD Chief Mark Kearse told the Daily News in September 2012.
    “I want to give so much credit to Detective Sgt. (Hank) Harper. He did an outstanding investigation,” said Phelps County Assistant Prosecutor Brendon Fox. “I also want to give credit to the citizens that reported what they saw ... we couldn’t have done it without you.”
    Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger called Walker a “very dangerous man” and noted that with the sentence handed down this past week, “he won’t be out of prison until 2027 at the earliest.”

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