Murderer/armed robber gets 60-years in fed pen

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Monday, a Decatur man was sentenced to 60-years in federal prison for his role in a murder and armed robbery in April 2015.

In October, Matthew Higgins-Vogt, 25, admitted robbing Circle K, in the 1600-block of South Baltimore, with Kelton Snyder. The men took money and alcohol while Snyder wielded a 12-gauge shotgun.

Higgins-Vogt also admitted shooting and killing Paige Mars, who had been the getaway driver, days later so she could not contact police.

The government presented evidence Mars learned of Snyder’s previous violence and questioned him. That’s when the men became concerned she might contact law enforcement.

The pair decided Higgins-Vogt would commit the murder since Sndyer had previously been involved with Mars and thought the personal relationship would make him a suspect in her murder.

In 2016, Snyder was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. 

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