Terry D. Tillman, 26, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking.
In his plea, he admitted that on May 26, 2013, he and three co-defendants walked to a Stop Shop gas station at 6865 State Avenue in Kansas City, Kan., where co-defendant Derrick Freeman suggested they “get a car.”
While co-defendant Anthony Irvin held the driver of a 2004 Ford Freestar minivan at gunpoint, Tillman and Freeman robbed the driver of wallet and keys. The defendants drove away in the minivan, with Tillman riding in a rear passenger seat.
When the defendants realized officers had spotted their vehicle they led police on a 17-minute chase at speeds up to 112 miles per hour.
The minivan wrecked in a plowed field near Leavenworth Road and North 184th Street in Basehor, Kan., where the defendants fled on foot. Freeman fired a handgun at a law enforcement officer before being arrested. Tillman was arrested about 100 yards from the vehicle.
- Derrick Freeman, 28, Kansas City, Kan., who is awaiting sentencing.
- Anthony L. Irvin, 19, Kansas City, Kan., who is set for sentencing Nov. 25.
- Melvin L. Shields, 20, Kansas City, Kan., who is set for sentencing Nov. 25.
- Joe Freeman, 33, Kansas City, Kan., who is set for trial Jan. 21.
- Jeffrey B. Jackson, 47, Leavenworth, Kan., who is awaiting trial.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.