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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Charges mounting for Nichols, Lewis

  • Eighteen additional charges were filed yesterday against Lewis and Nichols. Find out what charges here.
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  • Eighteen additional charges were filed yesterday against the two men allegedly involved in the crime spree that hospitalized three and left one elderly woman dead this past Easter Sunday.
    Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Fusselman made the filings early Monday, April 29 against Jeffery Jay Nichols, 22, and Christopher Demond Lewis III, 18, as an amendment to his initial complaint filing.
    Said initial complaint was for Murder in the First Degree. It was filed on April 1. Fusselman filed a Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty for both Nichols and Lewis in regards to that prior charge in mid-April.
    On Monday, Fusselman brought Nichols and Lewis up on 18 additional charges, apiece—four counts of First Degree Robbery, three counts of Armed Criminal Action, two counts of First Degree Burglary, one count of Second Degree Burglary, three counts of First Degree Assault, one count of Second Degree Assault, two counts of First Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, one count of Knowingly Burning or Exploding, and one count of Theft/Stealing (Value of Property or Services being $500 or More, but Less than $25,000).
    Seven of the 19 total charges are Missouri Class A Felonies, three are Class B Felonies and five that are Class C Felonies.
    A Class A Felony holds a possible sentence rate of anywhere from 10-30 years imprisonment, to life imprisonment, to death in the State of Missouri. Class B Felonies hold a five- to 15-year sentence. Class C Felonies can garner imprisonment up to seven years, as well as a fine of up to $5,000.
    The Knowingly Burning or Exploding charge is a Class D Felony, which could garner anywhere from an imprisonment sentence of up to four years with a fine of up to $5,000, or a fine worth twice the amount of the offender's gain due to the offense, in an amount up to $20,000.
    The Armed Criminal Action charges are listed as "unclassified" felonies, per online record.
    Between Sunday, March 31, and Monday, April 1, Nichols and Lewis allegedly were caught shoplifting from the Moberly Walmart, stole two vehicles, shot two men in rural Randolph County, assaulted another woman in the same area, set fire to one of the vehicles along a Randolph County rural road, and killed 92-year-old Moberly resident Carmelita Kaser in her home with a machete-type knife while attempting to rob her.
    In the morning hours of April 1, they were apprehended without struggle in Macon as part of a joint effort between the Macon and Moberly Police Departments, the Randolph and Macon County Sheriff's Departments, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT team.
    They are currently being held separately in the Chariton and Randolph County Jails, each on $1,000,000 bond.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I can't say that I'm looking to get [the maximum sentences on Nichols and Lewis]," said Fusselman. "What I can say is that the range of punishment for their crimes is very high. It will leave a lot for the judge and jury to work with."
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