Man sentenced for home invasion

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One of the two men accused of robbing an elderly Chester couple in their home at gunpoint pleaded guilty Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court to multiple felonies.

Sam Wesley Gypson, 21, of Chester pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, aggravated residential robbery, three counts of theft of property, breaking or entering, felon in possession of a firearm and residential burglary.

Judge Gary R. Cottrell sentenced Gypson to 16 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction to be followed by a 20-year suspended prison sentence. He will pay $810 restitution once released.

Gypson and Collin Ray Holson, 18, also of Chester, are each charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated residential burglary, theft of a firearm, breaking or entering and misdemeanor theft of property. Gypson is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The pair are accused of forcing their way into the home of Glen and Bernice Kimes, in the 100 block of East Front Street, at about 10 p.m. Dec. 17, holding the couple at gunpoint and demanding money and going through cabinets before they left, according to a Crawford County Sheriff’s Office report.

Glen Kimes gave the men $60 from his wallet before one of the men searched the house for more money and they left, taking the couple’s phone and telling them not to move for 30 minutes.

Kimes told investigators one man was armed with a pistol and the other a rifle, which Kimes recognized as a rifle he kept in his truck, according to the report.

Gypson and Holson were developed as suspects; both spoke with investigators Dec. 19, confessed to the robbery and implicated each other, according to the report.

Holson’s girlfriend, Katelyn Leigh Bradway, 18, of Alma, is charged with hindering apprehension for providing a phony alibi for the men and giving “false and misleading statements” to investigators, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

She has pleaded not guilty and is free on a $3,000 bond.

Holson is being held on a $75,000 bond.

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