Suspected robber in November casino holdup pleads no contest … – Billings Gazette

A man whom prosecutors say robbed a Billings casino at gunpoint in November, ordering patrons to lie on the ground and empty their pockets, pleaded no contest to the charges on Friday.

Kaleb Michael Tull, 20, entered the plea on felony charges of robbery with weapons enhancement and assault with a weapon.

Tull had initially been charged with six counts of robbery with a weapon enhancement and three counts of assault with a weapon. Most of the charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. The details of the agreement were not immediately available.

Bond is set at $100,000.

Tull also faces two drug possession charges: a felony for meth and a misdemeanor for marijuana. He pleaded guilty to both on Friday.

According to charging documents, three men went into the Lucky Lil’s Casino near King Avenue West on Nov. 12, 2016. They wore hoods and masks to and carried guns, according to court documents. At least one of them carried a shotgun.

Witnesses told police the robbers told everyone to get on the ground and asked patrons to empty their pockets. One employee told police that stolen items included beer from the cooler and money from the tip jar.

One casino employee told police she thought two of the suspects had entered the casino hours before the robbery because she recognized their clothing on surveillance tapes. Surveillance footage from other businesses showed the suspects with the same clothing, but their faces weren’t covered.

Tull and a co-defendant were also identified in surveillance shots by their mothers, charges state.

In Tull’s separate case, officers found methamphetamine and marijuana on him after he was arrested, according to charges.

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