The final defendant received his sentence stemming from a Nov. 20, 2016 botched robbery attempt that left a homeowner with a gun shot wound.

The final defendant received his sentence stemming from a Nov. 20, 2016 botched robbery attempt that left a homeowner with a gun shot wound.

Austin Anderson, 17, of Hannibal, appeared before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd in Marion County 10th Circuit Court on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Raymond Legg represented the defendant. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton represented the state. Anderson received a suspended 10-year prison term through the Department of Youth Services dual-jurisdiction program — if he fails to complete the youth program, he could spend 10 years in adult prison, Clayton said. He had recommended a 10-year sentence based upon Anderson's past convictions.

“The defendant was certified as an adult from the juvenile court due to the seriousness of this charge,” Clayton said. “After his release from DYS, he reoffended and a person got shot. I believed his actions deserve adult consequences, not placement in another juvenile facility.” He said that the DYS dual-jurisdiction sentence does not often occur, noting that the adult sentence and youth sentence are run simultaneously, with the adult sentence suspended.

Certifications by the Juvenile Office are rare and are reserved for what are considered the most serious offenders and where it is believed by the previous resources devoted to these young people have failed and can longer assist young offenders,” Clayton said.

Anderson’s charge stemmed from a botched robbery at Ronald Gillum Jr.’s home at 1737 Park Ave. Court documents alleged that Willemarck, John Newman and two co-defendants — Willemarck’s younger brother Anderson, and Stephanie Pettitt — planned to rob Gillum. According to the probable cause statement, Willemarck and Newman armed themselves with guns, while Anderson carried a “baseball bat type” object and Pettitt acted “as a look out.” Newman knocked on the door and shot Gillum in the abdomen after the door opened. The robbery attempt was foiled when Gillum managed to close the door. The four fled the scene.

Anderson will be transported from the Marion County Jail to a DYS-approved facility to begin his treatment program.