St. Paul felon gets 25 years in prison for role in White Bear Lake bar holdup
- Article by: PAUL WALSH
- Star Tribune
- March 8, 2012 - 11:22 PM
A career criminal has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for being one of three masked men who held up a White Bear Lake bar at gunpoint with dozens of patrons inside.
The sentence Wednesday of Tyice A. Phillips, 35, of St. Paul, in federal court is the third in the bloody robbery of the White Bear Bar on Nov. 27, 2010, which left one customer shot and another cut.
"In an effort to make our streets and businesses safer for everyone, we work closely with state and local investigators, as well as county attorneys, to ensure that violent career criminals, such as Phillips, are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones said in a statement issued upon Phillips' sentence.
Jones noted that because there is no parole in federal cases, Phillips will spend virtually his entire sentence behind bars.
Phillips' previous convictions, starting in 1996 and all coming in Ramsey County, include aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, felony kidnaping, first-degree aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary.
The others involved in the White Bear Lake robbery were sentenced in November. Maurice A. Lewis, 42, of St. Paul, got nearly 12 years in prison, and Percy D. Peters, 44, whose last known address was in St. Paul, nearly 22 years in prison.
According to court documents:
Police were sent to the bar just before 2 a.m. and found one man shot in the thigh and another with a cut hand.
A bar employee said that a man wearing a ski mask and holding a long-barreled revolver had ordered everyone inside -- more than 50 people -- to "get down." A second masked gunman stood nearby, the employee said.
A customer grabbed the gun's barrel and pushed it toward the floor. The robber fired and the bullet ricocheted, wounding another patron. The pair took the loot and got into a car, where a third man waited.
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482
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