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Man suspected of robbing delivery driver advanced to circuit court

Nov 23, 2012 -- 9:25am

Southeast Missourian
A Cape Girardeau man accused of robbing a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint was bound over to circuit court Wednesday.Eric P. Russell, 40, faces a first-degree robbery charge, which carries a possible punishment of up to 30 years or life in prison. On Wednesday,Associate Circuit Judge Gary Kamp ruled enough evidence exists to warran further criminal proceedings and bound Russell over to the associate courts.A delivery driver had pizzas and an unspecified amount of money stolen earlier this month while making a delivery the apartment complex where Russell resided at 51 Hazel St. in Cape Girardeau. The suspect brandished a gun in the robbery, police reports say. Russell, who remains in custody on a $75,000 bond, will be in a Jackson courtroom Dec. 3 to be arraigned
by Circuit Judge William Syler.In the past, Russell has pleaded guilty to burglary, stealing and assault charges. He is represented by assistant public defender Chris Heeb.

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