A St. Louis teen who went on a shooting rampage in Franklin County more than a year ago has been sentenced to “shock” time in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Xavier Minden, 19, was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge Ike Lamke.
Minden originally was charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, first-degree burglary and discharging a firearm from a vehicle at a person or habitable structure in connection with an incident at Stanton Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.
Under a plea agreement, the first-degree assault charge was amended to second-degree assault and the state dismissed the armed criminal action charge, Prosecuting Attorney Bob Parks said.
At Monday’s hearing, Judge Lamke sentenced Minden to consecutive prison terms of seven years on the assault charge and 10 years on the burglary charge. The judge ordered that Minden serve 120 days’ shock time in prison before being released on probation.
Minden also was sentenced to four years each on the charges of shooting into a vehicle and a home. Those sentences are to be served concurrent with the sentences on the assault and burglary charges.
Parks, who said he was disappointed in the sentence, argued for straight prison time in the case.
He noted that Minden, after he’s completed the shock time, would violate terms of his probation, he could be ordered to serve 17 years under the sentence handed down by Judge Lamke.
After he’s released, Minden will be placed on five years’ supervised probation and be required to pay $800 in restitution.
Upon release, Minden also will be required to perform 50 hours of community service within one year, write a letter of apology, complete Pathways to Change and obtain his GED, according to the court’s judgment.
Minden was charged with firing a handgun at a Stanton area man shortly before 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, 2012, as he drove on Highway W, south of Interstate 44. Following the shooting, Minden allegedly broke into a cabin at the Meramec Caverns where a caretaker was staying. Minden was taken into custody later without incident after a hostage negotiator with the sheriff’s office convinced him to surrender.
The female caretaker told deputies that when the suspect entered the cabin he did not threaten her and allowed her to leave, but she said he was threatening to kill himself.
Investigators said a total of 19 shots were fired, including nine by the suspect and the others by the targeted victim and a neighbor.
The victim, a county resident who lives on Highway W, told detectives that he was driving south on Highway W behind the suspect who was driving very slowly. The man said he passed the car when the suspect pulled off at the KOA campground and then pulled into his driveway. He got out to get his mail, as was his usual routine, when he heard a popping noise and his truck’s windshield shattering. He took his two sons, a 4-year-old and an infant, into the house, got a handgun then went back outside and exchanged gunfire with the suspect who had turned around and was driving north back toward Interstate 44. At that point a neighbor came out with a shotgun and fired twice at the suspect’s car.
No one was injured in the exchange.
The suspect then turned around and drove back south toward Meramec Caverns. Highway patrol troopers found the car abandoned near a gate to the caverns but no one was around, according to reports.
While searching the area, a deputy saw the suspect kick open the door to a cabin near the caverns. A deputy later saw Minden inside the cabin holding the handgun to his chin. That’s when officers backed off and called in the negotiator.