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Decatur man gets four life sentences for armed robbery spree

John Andrew Kister
John Andrew Kister(Source: Morgan County Jail)
Published: Dec. 12, 2018 at 6:32 PM CST
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MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Morgan County judge says it’s one of the most bizarre cases he’s ever handled and threw the book at a Decatur man who went on a crime spree.

John Andrew Kister, 54, was given four consecutive life sentences on Wednesday as the judge took into account his criminal history.

Over the course of 24 hours, Kister robbed multiple Decatur convenience stores.

On May 15, 2015 at 10:39 pm, Decatur police received a call of an armed robbery at the Payless Convenience Store on Spring Avenue SW.

The robber was armed with a knife and threatened one of the female employees with it demanding money. He left the scene in a Pontiac Grand Prix.

At 4:53 am on May 16th, he came back to the store with a knife and demanded money from the same worker.

On May 16, 2015 Decatur police also received a call of an armed robbery at the Raceway convenience store on AL Highway 20W. The robber had a knife and threatened one of the female employees with it while demanding money.

On May 16th, Decatur police also got a call about an armed robbery at the PetroSouth convenience store on 6th Ave NE.

The robber had a knife and threatened one of the workers with it while demanding money. The victim produced a handgun and scared the suspect off.

At 10:50 am, Decatur officers spotted the Grand Prix and Kister was taken into custody and the knife was found inside his car.

Officers obtained surveillance video of the robbery at the Raceway and while viewing it, determined that it was Kister who committed the crime.

Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson alluded to the fact Kister threatened suicide by cop. The judge told Kister that he “scares” him and that he does not intend for him to ever get out prison.

With three prior felony convictions in Mobile and Montgomery Counties, the judge decided to run Kister’s life sentences consecutive not concurrent- a severe punishment for a man who wreaked havoc in his community.

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