Oran man sentenced to 25 years for convenience store robbery

BENTON, MO (KFVS) - An Oran man was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for a convenience store robbery in Benton in 2010.

Jim R. Harris aka "Bug," 51, was sentenced for one felony count each of interference with commerce by threat or violence, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and felon in possession of ammunition.

On January 28, 2010, at around 8:30 p.m., Harris entered the Amerimart convenience store in Benton, Missouri wearing a Halloween mask and armed with a semi-automatic pistol, according to  A clerk and two customers were in the store. Harris ordered the clerk to give him the money from the store cash register and then fired a shot from the handgun into the ceiling. Harris then robbed the clerk of approximately $1,533 and fled.

Authorities recovered the spent ammunition cartridge from the floor. Agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives later determined that the ammunition casing was from a 9 mm round of Sellier and Bellot brand ammunition.

During questioning, Harris admitted robbing the Amerimart store and using a 9 mm handgun to commit the robbery.

Harris had previously been convicted of several felonies, including second degree robbery, possession of stolen motor vehicles, burglary and receiving stolen property.

Witnesses told police one of the men walked in wearing a Halloween mask, fired a shot into the ceiling, and demanded cash.

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