Former Mexico pawn shop owner sentenced to 15 years for assault
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Chris Koster said Wednesday a judge sentenced a former Mexico pawn shop owner on assault charges after he shot a gun into a family's car.
Judge Wesley Dalton sentenced Richard Whipple, 41, May 6 to 15 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. A jury found Whipple guilty in March of aiming a pistol at a man sitting in a van parked in Whipple's pawn shop parking lot. Authorities said as the man backed away in the van, Whipple shot into the vehicle. The man's girlfriend and daughter were in the van with him. No one was injured, but the jury found Whipple created "a grave risk of death or serious physical injury", according to the Attorney General's office.
Whipple was sentenced on 6 counts, which will be served in the Missouri Department of Corrections and the Montgomery County Jail.
"Mr. Whipple recklessly fired into a van with three people inside and could easily have killed one of them," Koster said. "He must pay for his dangerous actions."
There was no information on why Whipple became angry, or the events leading up to Whipple shooting the gun.