Man sentenced to life in prison for role in East St. Louis robbery that left 1 dead

News-DemocratJuly 11, 2014 

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Although he never fired a gun, pawn shop robbery suspect Gregory Muse was found guilty of murder of another robbery suspect and on Friday he was sentenced to life in prison.

Muse and 34-year-old Corey Ranson robbed Pawn Pros pawn shop on State Street in East St. Louis on Aug. 27, 2011. As the two left the store with a plastic shopping bag and a pillowcase filled with jewelry, the pawn shop's owner, who legally possessed a gun, fatally shot Ransom. Muse escaped, carrying money and merchandise, police have said. But Muse, 55, was arrested a block away from the store.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida found Muse guilty during a bench trial in April and handed down the life sentence Friday. Muse was tried under a provision of state law that allows a murder charge to be brought if anyone is killed during a forcible felony such as armed robbery.

Also, the court determined that Muse was a habitual criminal because of previous convictions in Cook County and could receive a life sentence.

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