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Man sentenced in conspiracy that included 27 robberies

Multiple agencies at crime scene in Blue Springs
Posted at 7:43 AM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 08:43:45-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 24-year-old Missouri man was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole for participating in a conspiracy involving at least 27 armed robberies, which ended when police fatally shot one suspect.

Deonte Collins-Abbott, of Grandview, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court. He admitted to committing eight armed robberies in February and March 2016. Collins-Abbott said he and co-conspirators robbed businesses in Blue Springs, Independence, North Kansas City, Raytown, Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas.

In March 2016, Collins-Abbott and two other men robbed a Walgreens in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Collins-Abbott and Jermon Seals, of Shawnee, Kansas, were confronted by police when they left the store. Police say Seals was shot when he pointed a gun toward officers.

Three other men are awaiting sentencing in the case.