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Man gets 18 years for robbery that led to officer's shooting

Posted: 4:00 PM, Sep 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-17 17:00:40-04
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of the men involved in the robbery that led to the shooting of an Independence police officer was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced that 54-year-old Donald Nussbaum was sentenced for the March 2017 robbery where Officer Thomas Wagstaff was shot in the head.

Wagstaff was responding to the burglary in the 3600 block of South Delaware Avenue when he was struck by the gunfire.

The prosecutor's office said Nussbaum and another man drove two other men to the home where they tied up the 82-year-old homeowner, beat him and held him at gunpoint before police arrived.

Nussbaum pleaded guilty to robbery and armed criminal action in July of 2019. He received 18 years for each conviction and the judge set the sentences to run concurrently.

Officer Wagstaff survived the shooting and was sent home after a long recovery period.