EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man who has served more than two decades in prison for violent crimes has been ordered to spend life behind bars as a habitual criminal.

Forty-five-year-old Thomas Stewart of Alton was sentenced Wednesday in Madison County, five months after being convicted of a Godfrey home invasion.

Prosecutors say Stewart’s history includes convictions in a 1981 armed robbery. He was 15 years old then but was tried as an adult.

Stewart also was convicted of attempted murder and other charges related to a 1988 holdup at a pizza shop, where he shot one worker and put a gun to another employee’s head while twice trying to fire the weapon.

Stewart was sentenced in that case to 35 years in prison and was released in mid-2008.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS St. Louis

Download The App

Listen Live