Appeals court upholds armed robbery conviction, sentence

Raquan McKinstry
Shawn McGrath
Staff Writer

The Indiana Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the conviction and sentence of a South Bend man found guilty for his role in the armed robbery of a Plymouth teen in 2016.
In his appeal, Raquan C. McKinstry, 20, argued a photograph shouldn’t have been entered into evidence at his trial and that his nine-year prison was too long.
Marshall Superior Court I Judge Robert Bowen sentenced McKinstry in October to nine years in prison for robbing the teen in February 2016.
“We are not at all surprised at today’s Court of Appeals’ decision to affirm Mr. McKinstry’s conviction and sentence,” Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman said Friday via email. “He is a very dangerous young man who dared to come here and threaten violence in order to rob an unsuspecting and peaceful citizen of our county."
Read more about this in Saturday's edition of the Pilot News.