Kevin KilleenBy Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A judge ruled that there will be no delay in the sentencing of a man convicted of stealing a cell phone at gun point—even though his attorneys claim the real robber was the man who shot and killed a SLU graduate in a Central West End cell phone robbery.

Cornell McKay could get up to 20 years for the August 10, 2012 armed robbery of a woman just blocks away from where Megan Boken was shot and killed in a cell phone holdup eight days later. McKay’s attorney Robert Ramsey says there’s evidence the phone was stolen by the man who later shot Boken, Keith Esters.

Ramsey says the jury was never told that the first stolen cell phone was used almost immediately to call the girlfriend of the man who would later kill Boken.

“They didn’t know the man’s last name, the defense was not allowed to bring up his connection to the Megan Boken murder,” Ramsey says.

He says in all, somebody used that phone to make 17 calls to Ester’s girlfriend, who Ramsey says McKay did not know.

Cornell’s attorney will file an appeal on Monday seeking a new trial. His sentencing is set for March 20.

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