Man Convicted In Heist At Casino Gets Over 12 Years In Prison - Tuesday 12th of July 2005

A man convicted in federal court for a 2003 holdup of a Tunica casino has been sentenced to 12 years and one month in prison. U-S Attorney Jim Greenlee says 33-year-old Kevis Wilson, of Tunica County, planned the September 30th, 2003, robbery that included five others. All six were convicted in Oxford. Greenlee says a young woman identified as Linda Stevenson of Bay City, Michigan, placed a box on the counter in front of Nataisha Joiner, a cashier, and warned it was a bomb. The bomb turned out to be a gift-wrapped, but empty honey bun box. The casino was shut down for hours as officers cleared the facility. Greenlee says Stevenson, who received a three-year prison sentence, fled with over 65-thousand dollars in a car driven by Wilson. Joiner and Wilson were each convicted of conspiracy to affect interstate commerce by robbery of the casino and aiding and abetting in the robbery. Wilson was also convicted of interstate transportation of stolen property and receipt and possession of stolen property which crossed a state line. Joiner, who denied any involvement in the crime, was sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

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