A Kansas City, Kan., man has been sentenced to 10 years on a federal charge arising from a carjacking and armed robbery. And a co-defendant from Leavenworth is still awaiting trial, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office.
Terry D. Tillman, 26, Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of carjacking. In his plea, he admitted that on May 26, he and three co-defendants walked to a Stop Shop gas station on State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., where co-defendant Derrick Freeman suggested they “get a car.” While co-defendant Anthony Irvin held the driver of a 2004 Ford Freestar minivan at gunpoint, Tillman and Freeman robbed the driver of wallet and keys. The defendants drove away in the minivan, with Tillman riding in a rear passenger seat, according to the release from the office of Barry Grissom, U.S. attorney for Kansas.
When the defendants realized officers had spotted their vehicle, they led police on a 17-minute chase at speeds up to 112 mph. The minivan wrecked in a plowed field near Leavenworth Road and North 184th Street in Basehor, where the defendants fled on foot.
Freeman fired a handgun at a law enforcement officer before being arrested. Tillman was arrested about 100 yards from the vehicle.
Freeman, 28, and Irvin, 19, are awaiting sentencing. Both are from Kansas City, Kan. Another co-defendant, Melvin L. Shields, 20, Kansas City, Kan., also is awaiting sentencing.
One of the other co-defendants is Jeffrey B. Jackson, 47, Leavenworth, who is awaiting trial. Co-defendant Joe Freeman, 33, Kansas City, Kan., also is awaiting trial.
Grissom commended the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Basehor Police Department, the Edwardsville Police Department, the Bonner Springs Police Department, the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Erin Tomasic and Trent Krug for their work on the case.