Man sentenced to life in prison for 6 robberies in 45 minutes

Man sentenced to life in prison for 6 robberies in 45 minutes

Man sentenced to life in prison for 6 robberies in 45 minutes

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by Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 8:21 PM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) - A man was sentenced on Jan. 18 for a spree of robberies he committed on one night in 2011.

A judge sentenced Demetry Coleman to life in prison six robberies during a 45-minute span on Sept. 16, 2011.

Court documents say Coleman committed  his first crime close to 5:30 a.m. when he carried out a car jacking in the Gate District neighborhood in South St. Louis. Moments later, he robbed two women at gun point as they were leaving their home.

Coleman then went to a QuickTrip gas station in the Fox Park neighborhood. Coleman spotted a woman, pointed a gun at her head and demanded her keys and purse.

The woman was unable to get her keys out of her pocket fast enough, so Coleman fled without them.

Next, Coleman headed for the Gravois Park neighborhood, where he spotted a woman sitting in her car with three children. Coleman proceeded to point a gun at the woman, who sped away. Coleman chased the car for several blocks, but eventually gave up.

According to more court documents, Coleman then robbed two more men in the Gravois Park, Mount Pleasant, and Dutchtown neighborhoods. He then went back to Mount Pleasant and robbed two more men at gunpoint. Records show Coleman ditched the car he was driving in Benton Park close to 6 a.m.

On Dec. 11, 2012, Coleman pleaded guilty to nine counts of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, and 11 counts of armed criminal action.

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