Man hides in West St. Paul Menards overnight, commits armed robbery in morning

A man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for armed robbery of a Menards in West St. Paul.

Court documents state on Sept. 27, 2021, Cornelius Graham, 61, of Kansas City, Kansas, hid inside the store until it closed. Early the following day, Graham confronted the store manager as he was opening the store for the day. He then brandished a firearm and took cash from the store manager.

Graham pled guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robber and was sentenced on Wednesday to 77 months in prison. 

At the time of the incident, he was on supervised release for separate robbery convictions in Kansas. He will receive an additional sentence of 23 months for a total sentence of 100 months behind bars.