Man to serve 33 years in prison for Alton robbery-murder

News-DemocratJune 20, 2013 

One of three men charged in an Alton robbery-murder has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Nigel Generally, 21, of Berkeley, Mo., had been charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted armed robbery in the 2011 shooting death of Tyler Hoppe. But in April, Generally pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder in return for a sentence capped at 40 years in prison.

On Thursday, Generally was sentenced to 33 years in prison. He will have to serve 100 percent of his sentence.

Hoppe had been found in his car outside his home in Alton on Dec. 7, 2011, shot once. His father called 911, but Hoppe later died at Alton Memorial Hospital.

Two other people have been charged in the murder: Larry Belk and Hosie Burgess. Their trials are still pending.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at or 239-2507.

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