ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) — A 64-year-old attorney and businessman
who already had admitted to robbing three banks pleaded guilty Tuesday
to a bank heist and to shooting a Missouri trooper.
Gladders of Wentzville pleaded guilty to five felony charges in Warren
County Circuit Court in the September 2013 armed robbery at the First
Bank of Marthasville. He was charged with stealing $43,000 from the bank
and then firing four shots at a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper. The
trooper, who was shot in the chest, was wearing a bulletproof vest and
Gladders had pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S.
District Court in St. Louis to stealing $7,000 from a Creve Coeur bank
in July 2013 and $5,000 from a Weldon Spring bank one month later, as
well as the Marthasville bank robbery. Under the plea agreement, federal
prosecutors are recommending a 25-year sentence, in addition to a
mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years to run consecutive with the
longer term. He could have faced up to life in prison.
Defense attorney Timothy Joyce said he expects the sentence in that case to run concurrent with the federal sentence.
records do not indicate what prompted Gladders to turn to a life of
crime, and his attorney and family would not discuss details of the
case. Until his arrest, Gladders was president of Apex Laundry and Dry
Cleaning Equipment Co. in St. Louis County. He asked the Missouri Bar in
2012 to have his license classified as inactive and it complied,
according to the organization.
Public records show Gladders grew
up in the affluent St. Louis suburb of Ladue and graduated from the
exclusive John Burroughs School. He graduated from Colgate University in
upstate New York and the Washington University School of Law.
Gladders is due back in state court in early September and in federal court in October.