Man admits role in casino robberies

2013-09-27T00:15:00Z Man admits role in casino robberiesBy Angela Brandt of The Montana Standard Montana Standard
September 27, 2013 12:15 am  • 

A 30-year-old Butte man has admitted his part in two May casino robberies.

Ryan Mathew Ozanne had previously pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony robbery. But he told the judge Thursday in District Court he entered the Magic Diamond Casino on May 18 with the intent to steal by threatening the employees. Ozanne said he did the same thing two days later at Montana’s Lil’s Casino.

No weapon was seen in either incident, according to reports. In both robberies, Ozanne made off with the clerk’s apron containing an undisclosed amount of cash.

Ozanne remains jailed on $100,000 bond. A sentencing hearing will be set at a later date.

In August, one of Ozanne’s accomplices pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Veronica Nelson, 30, waited in the car while Ozanne robbed the Montana Lil’s Casino.

When Ozanne entered his original pleas in July, he was joined by Dwayne David Clark, 26, of Butte, who allegedly helped in the crime. Clark pleaded not guilty to felony robbery.

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