(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Taking $44 from a Lawrenceburg convenience store has ended up costing a man nearly two decades in prison.
John Baxter of Indianapolis held up five stores at the BP station on Arch Street in Lawrenceburg, as well as stations in Indianapolis and Shelbyville last August.
Baxter, 33, was sentenced in federal Southern Indiana District U.S. Court Wednesday after reaching a plea agreement. He will spend 18 years in prison and has been ordered to pay over $2,000 in restitution to the businesses he victimized. He’ll also have to be under supervision during the first five years after his release from prison.
During the Lawrenceburg robbery on August 27 Baxter approached the clerk and was about to purchase a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, he reached for the money. The clerk suffered minor injuries struggling to keep the money, but Baxter made off with $44.28.
Baxter would use a firearm during a robbery the very next day in Indianapolis. He robbed another store just 30 minutes after that.
Lawrenceburg Police caught on to Baxter after he was arrested at a local riverboat casino for public intoxication August 31.
Baxter has been in trouble with the law many times before. Federal prosecutors say he was convicted for Burglary in 1996; Theft and Receiveing Stolen Property in 2001; and Resisting Law Enforcement in 2003 in Marion County. He also has a 2007 Theft conviction in Hendricks County.