• St. Louis man sentenced in death of bank guard from Blue Springs

  • A St. Louis man has been sentenced to federal prison for killing a Blue Springs man while robbing a bank in Kansas City.

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  • A St. Louis man has been sentenced to federal prison for killing a Blue Springs man while robbing a bank in Kansas City.
    Thirplus Moose, 25, on Thursday was sentenced to 35 years in prison, without parole, by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner.
    Two months ago, Moose pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank robbery, armed bank robbery with forcible restraint, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in death.
    Moose and another man, Iralee E. French Jr., 25, of Kansas City, hit the United Missouri Bank at 7901 Wornall Road in Kansas City twice in February 2006, according to the office of the United States attorney for the Western District of Missouri.
    At 6:40 on the morning of Feb. 9, they confronted a teller in an underground parking garage. French pointed a shotgun at her and forced her to give them $8,263 from her teller station. They went back to her car and ordered her into the trunk, which she refused to do, and she began screaming and crying. Moose and French drove off with her car, which they later abandoned.
    On Feb. 24, they tried again. This time they confronted a security guard, Dwight W. Mayhugh Sr., 70, of Blue Springs, as he drove into the underground parking garage. From about 10 feet away, French fired a shotgun through the driver’s side window of Mayhugh’s 2002 Geo Tracker, hitting him in the neck and shoulder. They forced Mayhugh out of the small SUV and demanded money, but Mayhugh told them he didn’t have access to the bank’s money. They sped away in his Tracker, which they later abandoned.
    Mayhugh, bleeding badly, went across the street to a convenience store. A clerk called 911, and another put towels on Mayhugh’s wounds. He died in a hospital the next day.
    For two and a half years, police were unable to make any substantial progress in the case, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. In August 2008, police canvassed almost 500 homes in the area of 23rd Street and Oakley in Kansas City, and news of that caused a taxi driver to step forward. He told police that on the morning of one of the robberies he picked up two men in the area along 23rd Street where the clerk’s car and the Tracker had been recovered. He said he dropped the men off a block from the United Missouri Bank location. Law-enforcement officers connected Moose to a number used to call the taxi.
    French was convicted of charges stemming from his role in the crimes in July 2011, and last June he was sentenced to 87 years in federal prison, without parole.

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