East St. Louis, IL (KSDK) - A 22-year-old Washington Park, Illinois man was sentenced Friday to 12 years in federal prison for his involvement in robbing a limo bus driver at gunpoint at a gas station in November 2010, US Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton said.
According to court documents, Kenneth Little pleaded guilty on April 19 to interference with commerce by violence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.
In addition to his prison term, Little must serve three years of supervised release, pay a $300 special assessment, as well as a fine of $500. He was ordered to pay restitution and forfeit the firearm used to commit the robbery.
The incident happened on or about November 6, 2010, at a Mobil service station in Washington Park.
The affidavit alleged that a limousine bus carrying members of a bachelor party was en route from Steelville, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri. Members of the party asked to be dropped off at a nightclub in Washington Park before heading over to St. Louis. With the bachelor party now at the nightclub, the driver went to fill up the limo bus at the gas station.
While the driver was refueling, two men, identified as 24-year-old Devon L. Alexander and 22-year-old Kenneth Little, approached and asked the driver if he wanted to purchase any marijuana. When the driver declined, Little pulled out a .38 Special revolver and pointed it at the driver. A third person, 24-year-old Floyd B. Gamble Jr., came up and struck the driver in the neck, eye and chin, and instructed Little to shoot him.
Alexander took $700 from the driver, money that the bachelor party paid to the driver for services. Alexander then stole the driver's wallet, which contained an additional $300. The three suspects then fled the scene and were later picked up by an unidentified driver.
The affidavit further alleges that on November 12, Washington Park police were tipped off that the three men were back at the Mobil station lot. When police arrived, two of the men fled, but they apprehended Alexander. They found he had a .38 revolver on him, which the limo bus driver later identified as being "similar" to the one used in the November 6 armed robbery.
The affidavit goes on to say an ATF agent interviewed Alexander on November 15, and that he falsely state he did not have a gun in his possession on the day of the robbery, he denied taking money from the limo bus driver, and denied involvement in the robbery itself. Alexander allegedly told the agent he tried to break up the robbery to protect the driver.
That same ATF agent later interviewed Alexander on November 18, at which time Alexander admitted his involvement in the robbery. Alexander also implicated Gamble and Little in the robbery.
Little was later arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, possessing and brandishing a firearm during a crime, and possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon.
Alexander remains at large. Both are believed to be living in Washington Park. Anyone with information concerning their whereabouts is asked to contact the ATF at 618-632-9380 or 1-888-367-5762.
Anyone with information on Alexander's whereabouts is asked to contact the ATF at 618-632-9380 or 888-367-5762.