Getting involved in a criminal act, like robbing a store or hotel, can come back to haunt you. Sometimes, facts are skewed, and that can leave you facing charges for an action you didn't participate in. The man in this case claims he was not violent despite being charged with a violent crime.
The hotel robbery has resulted in a man being convicted of armed robbery, and he will spend 9.5 years in prison for the attack. According to the Eau Claire County judge, the robbery was planned. The man was not intoxicated at the time and would have known what he was doing.
Once the man completes his time in prison, he'll have to spend four years on extended supervision.
According to the criminal complaint, a female clerk has been watching a vehicle circle her place of employment for around a half hour before the robbery took place. Two men walked into the hotel wearing hoodies and masks. They asked the woman to stay still and collected cash from the drawer. The clerk believes she saw a handgun while the men were taking the cash.
Later on that day, at around 3:10 a.m., the police stopped the man above in his vehicle and discovered a phone charger missing from the scene along with $268.
Although the jury found the man guilty of a felony for armed robbery, he claims he is not violent and that this was not an armed attack. The woman had not been threatened with extreme violence, according to the man's attorney.
In your case, having evidence that there were no weapons present or that you weren't threatening can help. Your attorney can help you defend yourself with fact-based evidence of your good character.
Source: Leader-Telegram, "Hotel robbery brings prison," Dan Holtz, March 02, 2017