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Pittsburg woman sentenced for her role in robbery-murder

Updated November 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM CST:  A woman will serve 13 years in prison for her role in murder of a Pittsburg man.

Rebecca Wingo, 24 of Pittsburg, was convicted of 2nd degree murder in the hooting death of Rafel Baez Hernandez in May 2010.

Authorities say Wingo, four other women and two men conspired to rob Hernandez and ended up killing him.

Updated August 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM CST:  A Pittsburg man pleads no contest to aggravated robbery.

Scott Miller, 31, will serve 19 years in prison.

He and several other co-defendants are charged with attempting to rob Rafael Hernandez at Hernandez's home in Pittsburg.

Authorities believe one of the defendants, Robert Eastman, shot and killed Hernandez during the robbery.

Updated February 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM CST:  A Fort Scott, Kansas man is sentenced for his role in another man's death.

Robert Miller, 24, will serve 47 months for conspiracy to commit second degree murder and battery.

Miller was originally charged with first-degree murder for the December 2009 fatal shooting of Tynce Jones, 37, in Fort Scott.

Miller's trial was avoided when he plead guilty to the conspiracy and battery charges.

Posted December 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM CST:  Charges have not yet been filed in a weekend shooting that left one man dead and another in jail.  The prosecutor's office told us county attorney Terri Johnson was not taking phone calls Monday.

On Saturday Fort Scott police officers arrived to find Tynce Joles, II, of Fort Scott unresponsive in a car on Elm and Mineral Street.

Police say the 37 year old died after he was taken to a hospital.

Authorities say they have a 24 year old man in custody on suspicion of first degree murder.

Updated December 9, 2010 1:10 PM CST:  A hearing was held in Crawford County, Kansas this morning for two murder defendants.

Robert Eastman and Scott Miller are charged with the shooting death of Rafael Hernandez.

Today they both were arraigned in district court in Girard.

Seven people were accused of going to the Hernandez home in May, with the intention of robbing him.

The five women in the case have made plea agreements with the court and are awaiting the outcome of their cases.

The group is accused of befriending one man earlier in the evening and robbing him at gunpoint.

Then they are accused of plotting the same crime again - but this time the victim was shot.

Miller and Eastman will be back in court next month.

Updated November 11, 2010 12:35 PM CST:  Two men charged with felony murder in the death of a Pittsburg man will go to trial while others charged in the case agree to testify against them.

Robert Eastman and Scott Miller were both bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing yesterday.

Eastman and Miller are accused of killing Rafael Hernandez, age 41, at his Pittsburg home in May.

Authorities say the two men, along with five women, conspired to rob Hernandez and ended up killing him.

Melissa Miller, Alexis Tillson and Rebecca Wingo are all charged in the case.  All three made plea agreements with the Crawford County court.

Wingo and Tillson testified against Eastman and Scott miller in the preliminary hearing.

Crystal Sawyer and Shemaya Mejia were also charged in the case.  The charge against Mejia was dropped in exchange for her testimony as well.

Sawyer has agreed to plead guilty to robbery charges for her part in the case.

Testimony at the preliminary hearing revealed the robbery and death of Hernandez was the second robbery the entire group had pulled off that night.

Updated Thursday August 19, 2010 12:55 PM CST:  Seven residents charged in the death of Rafael Hernandez appeared in court yesterday.

Alexis Tillison, Shemaya Mejia and Crystal Sawyer waived their right to a preliminary hearing and will go to trial.

Robert Eastman, Rebecca Wingo, Scott Miller and Melissa Miller will have their preliminary hearings in November.

All have pled not guilty.

Updated Thursday May 27, 2010 01:30 PM CST:  A seventh person - the fifth woman - has been arrested and booked on a charge in connection to the death of Rafael Hernandez, 41:

Shemaya Danielle Mejia of Pittsburg

  • conspiracy to commit robbery

Updated Tuesday May 25, 2010 03:25 PM CST:  Six people involved in a murder case in Pittsburg made their first appearance in court on Monday.  Their next hearing date is set for the end of June.

Charges are now filed in Crawford County, Kansas court against the following people:

Robert Eastman, Jr.

  • first degree murder
  • aggravated robbery
  • conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery

Melissa Miller

  • aggravated robbery
  • conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery


Scott Miller

  • first degree murder
  • aggravated robbery
  • conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery

Crystal Sawyer

  • first degree murder
  • aggravated robbery
  • conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery

Alexis Tillson

  • aggravated robbery
  • conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery

Rebecca Wingo

  • first degree murder
  • aggravated robbery
  • conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery

Updated Monday May 24, 2010 04:45 PM CST by NINA CRISCUOLO:  It's been a busy weekend for law enforcement in southeast Kansas since being dispatched to 108 West Billings Street in Pittsburg on Friday afternoon.

The body of Rafael Hernandez was found in the home with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police say the investigation was slow moving until they received a tip from the community overnight on Saturday.

Pittsburg say that tip was the piece of the puzzle they needed to track down the group of suspects in this murder case.

Police say at least six people conspired to rob Rafael Hernandez of his paycheck.

Six people have already been arrested and Crawford County attorney Michael Gayoso says there is still one more suspect that could face charges.

"Ultimately, what we have is seven individuals conspiring to commit a crime of aggravated robbery, and several individuals - all of them were present at the scene, some of them remained in the vehicle, some of them actually entered the residence of this victim and they all either participated in the crime or aided and abetted in participating with the crime," Gayoso says.

Gayoso says all of the suspects will face felony murder and aggravated robbery charges.

He believes one of the women involved tried to seduce Hernandez while another robbed him.

Updated Monday May 24, 2010 02:20 PM CST:  Major Brent Nargent of the Pittsburg Police Department says another person has been arrested in connection to the death of Rafael Hernandez:

  • Rebecca Wingo of Pittsburg, Kansas

Updated Monday May 24, 2010 02:10 PM CST:  Police have release the identity of the man found dead at a home on Billing Street in South Pittsburg, as well as the names of several suspects in the case.

Major Brent Narges with the Pittsburg Police Department says Rafael Hernandez died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Five people have been arrested:

  • Robert Eastman of Weir, Kansas
  • Melissa Miller of Pittsburg, Kansas
  • Scott Miller of Pittsburg
  • Crystal Sawyer of Pittsburg
  • Alexis Tillson of Pittsburg

Melissa and Scott Miller and Tillson were arrested early Sunday morning.  Eastman was arrested later in the day and Sawyer was taken into custody Sunday night.

Police believe one of the women went into the victim's home and tried to seduce him to steal his paycheck.

All five are expected to appear in Crawford County court on charges of felony murder, and aggravated robbery.

At least one more person could be arrested.

Originally Posted Sunday May 23, 2010 09:46 PM CST by MIKE PACHE:

Five suspects are in custody for the killing of a Pittsburg man and more arrests are likely.

The Cherokee County Sheriffs Department helps the Pittsburg Police nab one of several suspects.

Robert Eastman Junior of Weir Kansas is in custody. He and four others are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated robbery. 

Sheriff's deputies searched a vehicle in front of the Eastman's home in Weir Kansas Sunday after he was taken into custody.

Sheriff David Groves says evidence was seized from the property that could be connected to the crime in Pittsburg.

On Friday Pittsburg Police found the body of an Hispanic male at this home on billings street.

Major Brent Narges with the Pittsburg Police Department says the victim died of a gunshot wound.

Pittsburg officers developed suspects and contacted the sheriffs department for help. Deputies treated the suspect as armed and dangerous.

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