Man admits shooting Caseyville shop owner

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (AP) – Federal prosecutors say they will seek a 25-year sentence for a man who admitted shooting a southwestern Illinois business owner while stealing $42 during a robbery.

Thirty-three-year-old Phillip Smith pleaded guilty Wednesday to three felony counts related to last November’s holdup at the Ferguson Television and Satellite shop in Caseyville.

Authorities say the East St. Louis man fired at least nine shots at the 63-year-old shop owner, who sustained 12 entry and exit wounds from the bullets. She survived.

Smith’s background includes a 2003 conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Smith is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 26.
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  • middleman

    I’m glad Judy made it. That pos thought he killed her and got away with his precious money that was earned by this business. I will be pulling for you, Judy. Hang in there

  • Steven Sweeney

    This hood rat should get life.Nine shots for a whopping $42. Just goes to show you, guns aren’t the problem,hood rats are. We need hood rat control and leave the law abiding gun owners alone!

  • rose

    He left her for dead, which means he could care less if he killed her, and meant to kill her. Should be Life Without for Attempted Murder.

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