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Man involved in casino robbery pleads guilty to federal charge

19-year-old Nicholas Allen Butler took part in one of three robberies perpetrated across Rapid...
19-year-old Nicholas Allen Butler took part in one of three robberies perpetrated across Rapid City by accomplices Shannon Larive, 25 and 36-year-old Karmen Englert in March.(Pennington County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 11:26 AM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - One of three suspects involved in a casino robbery changed pleas before a federal court.

Nicholas Allen Butler, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery on Monday for his role in a hold-up at Joker’s Casino on March 16.

Butler assisted Rapid City residents Shannon Larive, 25, and 36-year-old Karmen Englert in stealing money from the casino armed with a shotgun.

Larive and Englert are accused of holding-up Market Square Casino two days later; Larive also allegedly robbed Rushmore Casino another three days later before both women were arrested after a short vehicle-turned-foot pursuit on March 23. Both of their cases are still making their way through the court system.

Butler currently awaits sentencing; first-degree robbery carries a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment and $50,000 in fines.

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