The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 1, 2013

Third man convicted in Pittsburg home invasion

From staff reports

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A  Pittsburg man is facing up to 19 years in prison following a jury’s conviction of him for aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary.

Guilty verdicts were returned against Artis T.E. Rollins III, 26, on both counts Thursday at the end of a two-day trial in Crawford County District Court. Rollins, who will be sentenced April 3, could receive up to 19 years for the robbery and up to 34 months for the burglary.

He is the third defendant to be convicted in connection with a home invasion and nonfatal shooting April 28 of last year at 1122 S. Elm St. in Pittsburg. The men entered the home of John R. Carver, 20, looking to steal guns. They instead assaulted Carver and stole an Xbox video game system.

Stephen J. Dibble, 25, of Pittsburg, pleaded guilty and was assessed six years in prison for aggravated burglary. Mitchell E. Owens, 19, of Kansas City, also pleaded guilty to burglary and received a suspended imposition of sentence. But Owens is scheduled for a probation revocation hearing Monday due to an alleged failure to maintain contact with his probation officer.

Owens was shot in the hip with a .22-caliber rifle by a friend of Carver’s as the three men fled the address. Kyle S. Taggart, 28, of Pittsburg, remains charged with attempted murder in the case since investigators do not believe the shooting was justified.