Suspect in Shawnee church robbery sentenced to 10 years

| September 2, 2011

SHAWNEE, Okla. — The suspect accused of burglarizing a Shawnee church and robbing and kidnapping a church member has pleaded guilty in his case and been sentenced.

Jason William Keller, 21, Meeker, was charged in Pottawatomie County District Court in connection with the May incident. He was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years with the Department of Corrections.

An investigation by Shawnee police resulted in his arrest for a burglary incident that occurred at United Presbyterian Church, 330 N. Beard.

Keller was charged with the felonies of robbery by force and fear, kidnapping and first-degree burglary. He also is charged with the misdemeanor of malicious injury to property for damage he allegedly caused inside the church.

According to case reports, the retired woman, who volunteers at the church, found a suspect burglarizing the church and trying to get into the church safe on the morning of May 23.

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