St. Clair County jurors convict man of killing security guard

News-DemocratApril 18, 2013 

Three separate St. Clair County juries have returned guilty verdicts in felony cases, including the shooting death of a security guard.

Stanley Chairs, 20, of East St. Louis, was convicted last week of first-degree murder in the shooting death of security guard Joshua Miller.

Miller, 22, was working on April 23, 2011, when Chairs attempted to rob him. Miller was shot in the head.

Miller was working as an unarmed security guard for KLM Security, owned by Kim McAfee. Miller was guarding a construction site at the 1200 block of Cleveland Avenue in East St. Louis. Police discovered his body inside a car.

Miller, the father of two, was trying to save money to buy his family a house.

Assistant State's Attorney Steve Sallerson and William Clay prosecuted Chairs.

Sentencing for Chairs is set for May 30 by St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic. Chairs is facing a mandatory prison sentence of 20 to 60 years.

In the second case, Sebastian Sanders, 40, was found guilty of home invasion and domestic battery -- subsequent offense. Sanders was accused of forcing his way into his estranged wife's home in Alorton and hitting her in the face with shouting that he was going to kill her, according to trial testimony.

Sanders is scheduled to be sentenced on May 28 by Baricevic. Clay and Assistant State's attorney Daniel Lewis prosecuted Sanders.

In the third case, the jury deliberated less than 30 minutes before they found Dwayne Tottleben, 21, of New Athens, guilty of burglary.

Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that a woman sat in her car in the drive-through of the Steak 'n Shake Restaurant at 4320 W. Main St. in Belleville at 1:40 a.m. on Jan. 12 when Tottleben got into her car and demanded that the woman drive him to Fairview Heights. Tottleben told the woman that he had a gun and that she should not "do anything crazy."

Circuit Judge Mike Cook is scheduled to sentence Tottleben on May 13. Tottleben in on parole for aggravated battery conviction in 2009.

Assistant State's Attorneys Nicole Rice and Judy Dalan prosecuted Tottleben.

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