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East St. Louis man faces life in prison for robberies, shooting

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

An East St. Louis man was sentenced to life in federal prison for two armed robberies and a shooting in 2013 by United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton. In addition to his life prison sentence with no parole, 48-year-old Timothy Collier is sentenced to a total of 900 months in prison.

Collier robbed the East St. Louis Jewelry and Loan store and shot the owner on April 25, 2013, paralyzing the victim. On July 12, 2013, Collier and an accomplice robbed a Belleville liquor store in a case that was prosecuted as part of Wigginton's anti-armed robbery initiative, said a release by the Department of Justice.

“The horrific nature of this crime and its lasting aftermath shows that Collier deserves every day of this sentence. Such wanton and repeated violence can only be met with sentences which permanently remove the offenders from our community," said States Attorney Wigginton in the release. "Only in this manner can the public feel safe."

In the April 2013 robbery, Collier entered the Jewelry and Loan store and pointed a revolver at the business owner. When the owner resisted the robbery, Collier shot him in the hand, shoulder, chest and behind the ear, paralyzing him front the chest down.

Jewelry, cash and a firearm were all stolen from the store. The entire robbery and shooting were recorded on the store's video surveillance and authorities were eventually able to identify Collier from the video.

At Collier's sentencing, Judge Michael J. Reagan said Collier had "a dark heart and no conscience" in committing the crimes.

Collier was found guilty on all counts in November 2014.

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