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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Tedd Rupp receives suspended sentence; Case stems from high-speed chase in March 2012

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  • Marion County prosecutor, David N. Clayton, said a settlement has been reached in the case of State vs. Theodore T. Rupp.
    The case, which dates to April 2012, was transferred from Hannibal to Pike County, Mo., on a change of venue.
    In a plea agreement, Rupp entered guilty pleas to assault on an officer, a Class C felony, and unlawful use of fire arms, a Class D felony, Clayton said. Rupp was sentenced to 7 years with the Department of Corrections for the Class C felony, and 3 years for the Class D felony, to be served consecutively, Clayton said. Rupp received a suspended execution of sentence and was placed on five years of supervised probation.
    He will also have to abide by the conditions set out by the probation office, Clayton said, including no access to firearms, and to complete counseling and treatment as recommended by his probation officer.
    Rupp was wounded after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a two-county, high-speed chase that started at a motel located just north of the Clarence Cannon Dam and concluded on a county road that runs adjacent to U.S. 36, just outside of Hannibal.
    After the pickup Rupp was driving went into a ditch, he allegedly pointed a shotgun in the direction of Marion County deputies, who opened fire.
    Rupp, injured during the incident, was flown to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.
    Rupp was arrested at approximately 3 p.m. April 9, 2012, following his dismissal from Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he had been a patient since the shooting.
    Rupp spent nearly two years in the Marion County jail prior to his recent release from custody.
    “The officers who were deeply affected by this incident are in agreement with the sentence,” Clayton said.
    Rupp’s attorney, Richard Russel Lozano, had asked for a suspended imposition of sentence, meaning that once the probation was successfully completed, his client would not have a felony conviction on his record.
    “I wasn’t comfortable with that,” Clayton said, “for the security of the community. I wasn’t going to let Mr. Rupp keep this off his record.”
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