On May 24, 2017, PAUL MCGILL, d/o/b: 6-30-1971, of Hollister, entered a guilty plea and was sentenced the same day for the class B felony of Robbery in the Second Degree in front of Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy. Judge Eighmy sentenced McGill to a fifteen (15) year term in the Missouri Department of Corrections as a prior and persistent felony offender.

On October 30, 2016, the Branson Police Department responded to the Walmart on Highway 76 in response to a robbery. According to loss prevention officers with Walmart, McGill was observed acting suspiciously, entering a private bathroom in the store with merchandise. McGill then passed all points of sale with unpaid merchandise and was confronted by the loss prevention officers. McGill threatened the employees with a pellet gun and pushed his way out of the store. McGill was arrested a short time later after a brief foot pursuit with Branson police officers.

McGill was on felony probation for weapons & property offenses when this offense occurred and was sentenced to two consecutive four (4) year terms in those cases as a result of his actions in this incident.  A class B felony carries a range of punishment of five (5) to fifteen (15) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.