Sixth Man Sentenced in Downtown Tunnel Attack

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – One of six men accused in an assault on a couple as they walked through a downtown bank passageway in 2014 was sentenced this week to perform 40 hours of community service and be on probation in lieu of a four-year prison term.

Andre. L. Shephard, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two charges of second-degree assault in connection with an attack by the six men on a couple in a drive-through bank tunnel on Aug. 22, 2014.

Shephard was sentenced to four years on each of the charges, to be served concurrently, but Judge Calvin Holden suspended imposition of those sentences and assigned the defendant to community service and probation. If he fails to comply with the terms of his probation, the prison sentences could be reinstated.

According to court documents, Shephard and five other men attacked the couple after the group’s rap performance at a downtown club. The assault followed an alleged sexual assault outside the bar on the woman who was later attacked in the tunnel. Her male companion also was attacked after they left the club and were traveling through the tunnel.

Presley and five others were charged after a couple was attacked by a group of men in a drive-through bank tunnel on Aug. 22, 2014. The assault was captured on a surveillance camera and went viral on the Internet. Officers from the Springfield Police Department responded to the scene, but were unable to apprehend the defendants at that time. With the surveillance video and information provided by the public, police were able to identify the six men.

Also charged were Andre Quenten Deon Warren, 22, of St. Robert, who was sentenced in January to 120 days of shock time in jail; Mark Keleise, 27, of Laquey, sentenced to four years in prison; Ricky Johnson, 27, of Waynesville, sentenced to 20 years in prison; and Kenny Presley, 25, of Little Rock, sentenced to four years in prison; Charges were dropped against  Aaron Whittington, 25, also of St. Robert.

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