By DON O'BRIEN
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday for his role in the shooting of a Kahoka, Mo., man during a drug deal gone bad in Hannibal earlier this year.
Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd agreed to a plea agreement that Martez D. Peete, 25, had worked out with Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Redington. Peete received a 15-year sentence to the Missouri Department of Corrections, but will be eligible for the state's 120-day shock incarceration program. If Peete successfully completes that program, he would be released from prison and serve probation.
Two weeks ago, Peete pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in the shooting of Courtney C. Miller, 38, of Kahoka, Mo., in the early evening of Jan. 28 in the 400 block of North Arch in Hannibal. Bringer Shepherd wanted to give Miller a chance to attend the sentencing hearing.
Redington said his office tried on a number of occasions to get in contact with Miller. Redington went so far as serving Miller a subpoena on April 4 when Miller had a court hearing in Randolph County. Miller was not in attendance for Monday's hearing at the Marion County Courthouse.
"The victim in this case doesn't appear, and I suspect he doesn't want this case to go forward," Redington said. "The defendant in this case shot the victim. Not only does he deserve to go to prison, but he should have a 15-year sentence hanging over his head. I've done everything I can do (to get Miller to appear). He doesn't want to proceed, but I do."
Peete's lawyer, Charles Stine, said Peete didn't want to address the court. Instead, Bringer Shepherd was given a letter that Peete had written. She did not read the letter before handing down the sentence.
Miller told police he tried to steal crack cocaine from Peete, who then shot him. Peete had sold crack to Miller earlier that day. Miller was shot twice, getting hit in the left shoulder and left thigh. He had his girlfriend take him to Canton, Mo., after the shooting. He was found at 8:28 p.m. at a residence in the 600 block of South Fourth in Canton. He was transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., with wounds that weren't life threatening.
Peete went into hiding after the shooting. He was found Feb. 4 by detectives in the attic of a house in Mexico, Mo. Peete was arrested without incident.
Peete has been lodged at the Marion County Jail since his arrest in lieu of $100,000 bail.
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