Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – The man who paralyzed a store owner during a robbery, and then robbed a store with the help of his niece, is going to federal prison for life, plus 900 months.

In sentencing 48-year-old Timothy Collier of East St. Louis, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. Reagan said Collier had, “a dark heart and no conscience.”

According to federal authorities, Collier robbed East St. Louis Jewelry and Loan on April 25, 2013. Surveillance video shows him pointing a silver revolver at the owner and when the man resists, Collier open fired. The victim was hit in he hand, shoulder and chest. The bullet that hit him in the chest damaged his spinal cord. While the victim lay motionless on the counter, Collier climbed on top of him, pressed the gun to the back of his head behind his ear, and fired another shot.

Collier stole hundreds of women’s rings and other jewelry, cash and a .357 revolver.

The victim survived, but is paralyzed from the chest down.

Three months later, Collier conspired with his niece, Charmonequette Reynolds, and Roderick Taylor to rob Arena Liquor in Belleville, Ill.

Collier and Taylor pointed weapons at the two employees in the store, and got a large sum of money and a cell phone.

A witness of the robbery said they ran from the store to Reynolds’ vehicle, and wrote down the license plate number.

Reynolds was arrested a short time later, and admitted her role in the robbery. Taylor was arrested later that day.

Investigators recovered the weapons from a friend of Collier’s. The State Police Crime Lab linked them to the crimes.

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