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Third defendant sentenced in Missoula robbery

By Associated Press
Published On: Aug 30 2013 01:01:35 PM MDT
Missoula reaches out to cashier beaten in robbery
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A third defendant has been sentenced in a case where five roommates allegedly conspired to rob a Missoula convenience store to help pay their rent.
    
District Judge John Larson sentenced 20-year-old Ikaika Kamaka to two years of intensive supervision for his role in the Jan. 8 robbery.
    
Prosecutors alleged Kamaka went into the store to purchase tea and ensure the register would open before three other men entered the store. Two beat the clerk with baseball bats, fracturing his skull, and left with a cash register containing $90.
    
Court records say the clerk bought the tea for Kamaka, a regular customer.
    
Kamaka pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. He was sentenced to seven years with the Department of Corrections with five suspended and ordered to contribute to $6,700 in restitution for the clerk's lost wages.