After doing some work at a pallet business, Randy Collier turned on his 77-year-old employer, flourishing a butcher knife and taking his employer’s wallet and phone. Now, Collier has been sentenced.
Collier, who has a prior conviction for first-degree robbery, worked for the small business until October 25, 2014, when everything changed. That morning, Collier and the victim were at the business when Collier asked to borrow the victim’s phone. The victim obliged and turned around.
He turned back around to find Collier with a butcher’s knife in hand, demanding the victim’s money. The victim handed over his wallet, which contained $250, and Collier ran.
In July, a jury convicted Collier of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.
“The defendant served a ten year term for an armed robbery back in 2003 that involved a gun,” Assistant Circuit Attorney Ernst said in court documents. “Despite serving ten years in prison, he is still behaving in the same way that led him to prison in the first place.”
Due to his violent behavior and criminal history, the State recommended Collier serve 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. Last week, a judge sentenced him to 15 years for the robbery and 15 years for the armed criminal action, to be served consecutively.