COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A man convicted of second-degree murder after a security guard fatally shot another man during a melee inside a Waffle House in Columbia has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Matthew McMillan, 31, was sentenced Monday for second-degree murder and three other charges filed after a Jan. 1, 2018, confrontation at the restaurant the resulted in the death of Anthony Warren.
Trial testimony and video surveillance showed McMillan drew a gun and shot another man in the leg during a fight inside the restaurant. When security guard Robert Moses tried to break up the fight, a woman threw a coffee urn and hit Moses in the head. He turned and fired a shot, which hit Warren, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.
Moses has not been charged.
During Monday's hearing, defense attorney Matthew Uhrig presented the judge with letters from Warren's family seeking leniency for McMillan.
“The family does not hold Matthew McMillan responsible for Anthony Warren’s death,” Uhrig told the court.
Boone County assistant prosecutor Nicholas Komoroski noted McMillan’s criminal history, including previous convictions for armed criminal action and delivery of a weapon in a correctional facility.
A lawsuit in Warren’s death is set for trial in July. Moses, Signal 88 Security and Waffle House are named as defendants.