Riley found guilty in Marshall home invasion, assault case

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Tipton man was found guilty Wednesday, March 27, by a Clay County jury of all six charges against him in connection with an incident in Marshall last May.

Irvin Gene Riley was found guilty of two counts of class A felony first degree assault with serious physical injury, two counts of unclassified felony armed criminal action, one count of class B felony first-degree burglary and one count of class D felony unlawful use of a weapon.

The jury returned at 10:25 a.m. after deliberating Tuesday afternoon, March 26, and for two hours Wednesday morning, according to unofficial online court records.

Sentencing is set for May 1.

Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer noted Riley was tried as a prior and persistent offender and could face up to life in prison on all counts except the exhibiting a dangerous instrument charge, which has a maximum penalty of seven years in Missouri Department of Corrections.

Marshall police arrested Riley and Damien Ray Riley after they entered a home on Maplewood Circle May 10, stole prescription medications and assaulted two occupants with a crowbar.

Damien Riley pleaded guilty in November to two counts of class C felony second-degree assault and one count of unclassified felony armed criminal action, according to unofficial online court records.

He was sentenced to seven years in DOC for each of the assault charges and three years in DOC for the armed criminal action charge, the sentences to be served concurrently.

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