Stephen Hornbuckle sentenced in Maggie O'Brien's bartender murder case

11:44 AM, May 24, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A former employee of a popular downtown restaurant and pub was sentenced Tuesday for his role in the murder of a bartender at the business.

Stephen Hornbuckle of East St. Louis pleaded guilty in March to charges of second-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery, and armed criminal action in the June 1, 2009 slaying of 32-year-old Michael Dolan of St. Louis.

Dolan was working the night of the crime and tried to run from behind the bar to the back of the business on Market Street when he was fatally shot.

Investigators said Hornbuckle, 37, was not actually at the crime scene when the robbery and shooting took place, but he was instrumental in planning the heist and provided additional information to his accomplices when they went to commit the crime.

Hornbuckle was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

One of the accomplices in the crime was also killed after he was accidentally struck by flying bullets in the incident. Derrick Bell of St. Louis fatally shot Dolan, but died himself while undergoing surgery.

Police said Bell, 30, was struck by a bullet fired by one of his partners in the robbery. Bell was dropped off at a hospital shortly after Dolan's murder by the two men who accompanied Bell to Maggie O'Brien's to rob the business.

The other two men are awaiting trial for the roles they played in the robbery and murder.


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