Fred PaceHeartland News Service
November 6, 2012
MADISON – Andrew J. Belcher, 41, of Man, was sentenced to prison in Boone County Circuit Court. Belcher was sentenced following his guilty plea to First Degree Robbery and Destruction of Property, both felony offenses.
In April 2010, Deputies received a 911 call at Long Branch 27 mine along Farley Fork Road outside of Greenwood. Upon arrival, deputies met with a security guard who stated he was approached by three men who threatened him with a lug wrench. The three men then bound the guard by taping his hands and feet behind his back. Once bound up, the three men stole various items from the mine. The guard remained bound for over an hour until he was able to free himself. Deputies later identified the men as Richard Salyers, Cecil Bartram and Belcher. Bartram and Salyers are currently serving prison sentences for their respective roles in the robbery.
At his sentencing hearing, Belcher received 35 years prison for his role in the robbery and 1 to 10 years for the Destruction of Property.
Captain D. R. Browning investigated the case for the Sheriff’s Department. Jennifer Anderson prosecuted the matter on behalf of the State.