Suspect Who Fled Scene in Stolen Wheelchair Pleads Guilty

A suspect who pushed a 79-year-old man out of his wheelchair then drove off in it after breaking into the man’s apartment pleaded guilty in court Tuesday.

Stanley McQuery, 55, who has three prior felony convictions, is expected to be sentenced to 16 years in prison for robbery and elder abuse.

McQuery broke into William Ballard’s apartment at a senior complex in Hillcrest April 23 around 3:30 in the morning.

Ballard, who has one leg amputated above the knee, testified in June that he heard noises early in the morning and caught McQuery coming through the window.

When he asked McQuery what he was doing he answered, “I’m trying to get out.”

According to Ballard’s testimony McQuery demanded money from him after he called 911, then McQuery pushed him out of his wheelchair and took off in it – running over Ballard’s knees and ankles.

As officers approached McQuery a few block away he fled the wheelchair and ran. He was taken into custody shortly after.

McQuery is scheduled to be sentenced on February 3.

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