A Kokomo man was sentenced recently to 20 years in the Indiana Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to burglary in a 2012 robbery and shooting of a Village Pantry clerk
Thirteen of those years will be served in jail, with the remaining seven years suspended to supervised probation.
Christopher Voiles, 41, was arrested in February 2018 on felony counts of attempted murder and robbery after an anonymous tip was sent to the Kokomo Police Department stating that Voiles and his wife, Victoria, were involved in the 2012 incident, court records indicated at the time.
Authorities in Kansas ended up apprehending the couple after they crashed their stolen vehicle following a short pursuit.
Victoria was sentenced last October to 20 years in the IDOC on a felony charge of robbery, with 10 of those years executed in jail.
Per terms of a plea agreement, both husband and wife each had the count of attempted murder dismissed.
Officers were originally dispatched on March 26, 2012 to the Village Pantry at 1515 W. Lincoln Road, after a store clerk stated that he was robbed and shot in the face by a man — later identified as Christopher — who fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.
The bullet went through the clerk’s mouth and throat, exiting through the back of his neck, and he was transported to an area hospital before eventually being airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital. Police were able to locate that bullet and a .32 caliber shell casing, a KPD release noted at the time, and investigators were also able to view surveillance video from inside the store.
However, it wasn’t until KPD received an anonymous tip in December 2017 that led police to the Voiles.
According to a February 2018 Tribune article, detectives learned that Christopher was being held at the Miami County Jail on an unrelated charge, and he and his wife were persons of interest in a 2011 burglary where two handguns were stolen. Upon investigation, police discovered that those handguns matched the description of the gun that was also used in the Village Pantry robbery.
During an interview with police, Victoria admitted being at the Village Pantry during the robbery incident, but she claimed that Christopher was just going there to buy drugs from a friend. Victoria said her husband then entered the store and ran back to the vehicle in a panic.
In a subsequent police interview, Victoria stated that the two did plan on robbing someone that day because they needed money, and they chose the Village Pantry because they thought it allowed the “easiest getaway,” police reports stated at the time.