Missouri man sentenced in Chili’s robbery


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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A Missouri man who robbed a Chili’s restaurant with a BB gun has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison.

Christopher Ford, 29, was sentenced Thursday to four years and nine months and was ordered to pay nearly $2,000 in restitution.

He and two other men were involved in the robbery at the Chili’s in Fairview Heights, Illinois, in August 2013, prosecutors said. Ford and one of the men wore masks and were armed with BB guns that resembled handguns.

Ford ordered the manager at gunpoint to open the safe, while th two others watched more than 20 customers and employees, prosecutors said. It’s unclear how much money was taken.

The three men were arrested after their getaway car turned onto a dead-end street in St. Louis during a police chase.

The two other men were sentenced earlier this year to nearly five years and almost four years in prison.

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