- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to a quarter century in federal prison for shooting and wounding a store owner during a robbery last year.

Thirty-two-year-old Phillip Smith of Caseyville was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. That’s where he pleaded guilty in May to three felony counts that included interfering with interstate commerce by robbery and using a firearm as a felon during a federal crime.

Authorities allege that while robbing Ferguson Television and Satellite store last Thursday in Caseyville, Smith repeatedly shot 63-year-old Judy Ferguson.

Ferguson survived.

Smith was arrested less than an hour after the alleged holdup.



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