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Forum staff reports, Published October 06 2010

Man gets four years in Kum & Go robbery

Set to go on trial Tuesday on a robbery charge linked to a 2007 stickup at a Kum & Go convenience store in Fargo, LaSamuel Richardson pleaded guilty instead Monday in Cass County District Court.

In a plea deal, prosecutor Ryan Younggren agreed to amend a robbery charge to conspiracy to commit robbery and make a joint recommendation for a four-year prison term.

Richardson got credit for 647 days of time served to reduce the sentence to just over two years, which he’ll serve at the same time as a 3½-year stint he was sentenced to last month for a stabbing in 2007.

Prior to the plea, Judge Wickam Corwin said he was unlikely to allow an ex-girlfriend of Richardson to testify or allow a gun found on Richardson when arrested on another matter to be admitted as evidence.

Younggren, an assistant Cass County state’s attorney, said Corwin’s rulings helped spur the plea deal.

Richardson should begin serving the sentences when he is released from state prison in Minnesota, where he’s doing a five-year term on convictions related to a police chase that ended in a crash into Ace Hardware Store in Moorhead. He’s set for a January release date.