Michal Lunstford’s plea left sentencing to the discretion of Judge David Ash of Pike County, who was assigned the case by the Missouri Supreme Court.
The father who was charged, along with his son, in a June 2016 home invasion in Madison, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday. The sentence resulted from a guilty plea he entered on Sept. 1 in Monroe County District Court for burglary, robbery and receiving stolen action counts..
Michal Lunstford’s plea left sentencing to the discretion of Judge David Ash of Pike County, who was assigned the case by the Missouri Supreme Court. Charges of armed criminal act and felonious restraint were dropped. His son, Joshua Luntsford, faces a December trial on the charges.
Police reports state that a mother and son flagged down Monroe County Sheriff Sgt. Tony Coleman, who was on traffic control in Madison, shortly after midnight on June 30 to report that they had just been robbed at gunpoint in their home.
The mother told the Coleman that a man broke into the home through a window, with his face covered by a dark handkerchief and armed with a handgun.
On Aug. 31, in a separate investigation, a task force that included the Monroe County Sheriff ’s Office, Missouri Highway Patrol, Randolph County Sheriff ’s office and the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force arrested the Luntsfords following raid at their home, located at 10667 Route K in Madison. The Sheriff ’s Office reported in that officers recovered nine firearms that had been reported stolen, and that a number of items reported stolen over the past several months in at least 12 burglaries was discovered.
During the raid, the police report states that Coleman observed items that he thought were used in the home invasion, including a large bag of zip ties, handkerchiefs, unspent .22 caliber round, located in Michal Lunsford’s vehicle, and he spotted a Canon camera that matched the description of the camera missing after the home invasion.
Coleman obtained a separate search warrant, which he executed on Sept. 2.
“P.L. gave a perfect description of the camera ad gave us consent to look at the photographs it contained,” stated Coleman in the Probable Cause Statement. “Upon inspection of the photographs, I observed ….photographs of W.L in what appeared to be a graduation ceremony.”