Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Ronald R. Holliday today announced that criminal charges have been filed against Skyler Grant Harrison, 24, in reference to the armed robbery that occurred at the Garfield 66 at approximately 07:30 a.m. on November 2.
Harrison is charged with the Class A Felony of Robbery in the First Degree by forcibly stealing U.S. Currency owned by Garfield 66, and in the course thereof was armed with a deadly weapon.
The probable cause statement filed with the case by St. Joseph Detectives alleges that the suspect entered the business displaying the firearm and demanding money from the clerk on duty. During the course of the robbery, the defendant discharged the firearm, which missed the clerk but struck a computer near the cash register. The defendant then fled by jumping into a vehicle that was left running near the front door and occupied by other individuals.
The range of punishment for a Class A Felony in Missouri is from 10 to 30 years or Life Imprisonment in the Department of Corrections. In addition, any individual convicted of Robbery in the First Degree is required to serve a minimum of 85% of any sentence imposed.
Harrison has been convicted three times in Missouri courts for felony offenses in the past including Burglary, Receiving Stolen Property, and Damage to Jail Property. All prior convictions were in Nodaway County, Missouri.
At the arraignment on November 5, at 09:00 a.m., the Honorable Keith B. Marquart ruled that the defendant was a threat to the community and denied bail.