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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri

Friday, April 17, 2015

KC Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Burger King Robbery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for the robbery of a Raytown, Mo., restaurant in a series of incidents that began with a carjacking and ended with him pulling a gun and being shot by a police officer.


Christopher L. Rice, 26, of Kansas City, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 18 years and four months in federal prison without parole; the court sentenced Rice to 16 years and four months on the robbery conviction, revoked Rice’s supervised release on a prior bank robbery conviction and sentenced him to a consecutive prison term of two years. Rice was sentenced as a career offender due to his three prior convictions in state court for robbery and the federal conviction for bank robbery.


On Dec. 18, 2014, Rice pleaded guilty to the robbery of a Burger King restaurant in Raytown, Mo. According to court documents, Rice carjacked a Toyota Camry at gunpoint earlier that day and drove the stolen vehicle to Burger King. Rice approached the cashier, told her that he had a gun and ordered her to open the register. The cashier gave Rice $177 from the register and he left the restaurant.


A Raytown police detective, listening to reports of the armed robbery on his radio, saw a vehicle matching the description of the car used in the robbery and followed it until Rice parked in the driveway of a residence. Rice got out of the car and began walking away. The detective noticed that Rice had numerous tattoos, which were part of the description of the suspect in the Burger King robbery, so he told Rice to stop. During their conversation, Rice began to pull away and the detective felt what could be a gun under his clothes. The detective pulled his weapon and ordered Rice to get on the ground.


Rice instead began to pull a loaded Taurus .40-caliber pistol out of his waistband and the detective began shooting at Rice. Rice began running away, still carrying the pistol. The detective pursued Rice and saw him fall on the street. As he approached Rice, the detective told him to drop his gun, and Rice tossed it to one side. Rice was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with three gunshot wounds.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce E. Clark. It was investigated by the Raytown, Mo., Police Department.

Updated April 17, 2015