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Posted on Sun, Mar 25, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

Man who robbed Saline Domino's then attempted to escape jail is sentenced to prison

By Kyle Feldscher

The Tecumseh man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Domino’s in Saline and then attempting to escape custody will serve between 17 and 29 years in prison, according to court records.

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Robert Neibler

Robert Neibler, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of armed robbery, disarming a police officer of a firearm, attempting to escape while awaiting trial for a felony and two counts of assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer in February. Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Donald Shelton sentenced Neibler on last week.

Neibler was arrested on Jan. 23 after he robbed the Saline Domino’s located at 401 E. Michigan Ave. According to the police report, Neibler left a drug rehab facility in Ann Arbor and had a friend drive him to the Domino’s.

Neibler then got out of the truck, entered the store, told an employee he had a gun and demanded money from the register, according to police.

The woman began to drive Neibler away, but police stopped the truck as it headed north on Maple Road, according to police. He was arrested at the scene and lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail.

Two days later, while in police custody, Neibler had to be taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. A sheriff’s deputy was escorting him to a hospital restroom at about 12:30 a.m. when Neibler assaulted the officer and attempted to take the officer’s gun from its holster, according to police.

Neibler was eventually subdued and had his bond raised, according to court records. He has prior convictions for breaking and entering and uttering and publishing.

Neibler has also been arrested and charged with robbing two businesses in Tecumseh before the Saline incident. The charges in those cases are currently pending.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 8:07 p.m.

It's good to see some judges make our communities safer place to live. Thank you. Judge Donald Shelton.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

Lenawee County Judges are generally more harsh when it comes to these types of crimes. Expect his sentencing in the Tecumseh incidents to mirror or exceed the Washtenaw sentence. He is finished.

John Campbell

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 12:58 p.m.

UTTERING & PUBLISHING (Forgery) Uttering and publishing is a Felony offense which is punishable by up to fourteen years in prison. This charge is most commonly associated with forged and/or fraudulent checks.

Elaine F. Owsley

Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 11:29 a.m.

Thanks to Judge Shelton, this guy will finally be locked up where he belongs. He's been asking for it for a long time.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 4:13 a.m.

I wonder what the two other charges will add to his sentence IF he is convicted. Utterly ridiculous. What is uttering and publishing? Uttering swear words and publishing propaganda? Confused.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 12:54 p.m.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 11:46 a.m.

Writing bad checks.


Mon, Mar 26, 2012 : 3:16 a.m.

I cannot undersand how people throw their lives away like this...