Grandview man pleads guilty to Craigslist robberies, shooting two victims

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Grandview, Mo. man pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday to his role in a conspiracy to commit a series of armed robberies against victims who were contacted via Craigslist, which resulted in the shooting of two victims.

The incidents occurred between May and September of 2014.

Twenty-three-year-old Troy Wright pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, six counts of aiding and abetting a robbery and one count of aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.

A co-defendant, 25-year-old Debvon Buckner,  pleaded guilty to one count of participating in the robbery conspiracy, five counts of aiding and abetting the robberies and one count of aiding and abetting the discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence on February 23.

FOX 4’s Robert Townsend spoke to a family member of the shooting victims in February.

A 53-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife were shot and robbed while trying to buy a car they saw on Craigslist. The couple from Liberty and their 16-year-old son met a man at an apartment on East 84th Terrace in south Kansas City on July 16, 2014, to see the 2007 Sonata to possibly buy it for their son.

Investigators said while showing the vehicle to the couple, Buckner went inside the apartment and made a phone call. Within moments, police said Wright and another co-conspirator came out to rob the couple. One of the robbers shot the husband four times, but survived. His wife was hit in her arm and their son wasn’t hurt.

If convicted, Wright is subject to a sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison without parole, and up to 27 years in federal prison without parole.