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St. Louis man to spend 30 years in prison for two Cahokia armed robberies

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A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for robbing two convenience stores and shooting a store clerk in 2010, according to a news release from the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Leslie Woods, 23, was involved in two Cahokia convenience store robberies — at the Best Stop convenience store and D&D’s MiniMart — in the summer of 2010.

According to the release, Woods and three other men — Derek Marshall, Terrell McGee and James Smith — robbed the Best Stop on June 17, 2010, partially masked and armed with a rifle and two handguns, one of which was a .40 caliber pistol Marshall had stolen during an earlier burglary of a St. Louis gun store. Woods drove them to the store in a car that they’d stolen earlier that day from South St. Louis.

Woods waited in the car while the other three went into the store, ordered a customer to the ground, pointed a gun at the owner’s head and took $11,000 from the register. Marshall shot the customer on the floor and fired four shots at a woman sitting in her car outside the business.

Three weeks later, on July 8, 2010, the same four men, plus Reshon Farmer, robbed the D&D’s MiniMart, again partially masked and armed with two rifles and two handguns, the release stated.

Farmer drove the getaway car, another stolen car from St. Louis, and Woods, Marshall, McGee and Smith went into the store and pointed guns at two employees behind the counter, according to the release.

As the male clerk tried to open the register, Woods shot him, causing him to fall on top of the female clerk, who was lying on the ground. Woods fired two more shots at both employees. The four men then took the cash register and a .40 caliber handgun that belonged to the store owner.

The male clerk had severe injuries from the shooting and permanently lost the use of his right arm.

Marshall and McGee pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, two counts of interference with commerce by robbery and two counts of use and carry of a firearm during a crime of violence. They are awaiting sentencing.

Smith and Farmer were prosecuted by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office. Farmer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for armed robbery, and Smith pleaded guilty to armed robbery but has not yet been sentenced.