Everts sentenced for stealing at Hy-Vee

A Henley man has been sentenced to 30 days shock detention in the Cole County Jail in connection with a May 2011 stealing case at Hy-Vee on West Truman Boulevard in which two store employees were injured.

According to court documents, Joshua Everts, 22, had been charged with one count of second-degree robbery.

However, Cole County Judge Ralph Jaynes found prosecutors had failed to present sufficient evidence to support a robbery conviction, but there was substantial evidence Everts committed the act of stealing.

According to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements, Everts was shoplifting liquor by concealing it in his pocket and under his shirt.

Some of the store staff observed this action and attempted to stop Everts.

Everts pushed some of the employees to the ground, including one female clerk who sustained a concussion. Another clerk was hit in the head with a can before the two suspects fled the store.

A witness who had driven Everts to the store identified him and told police he had stolen from the store and had to fight with employees to escape.

Everts was also picked out of a photo lineup by one of the clerks who was attacked, was seen on store video cameras during the time of the crime and later confessed.

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