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Forum staff reports, Published November 02 2010

Witness in ‘pizza guy’ robbery pleads guilty

The state’s key witness in two trials linked to a home invasion in Moorhead last fall meant to target a drug dealer entered a guilty plea on Monday, in a deal that will keep him out of prison.

Joshua Lowe, 31, said it was initially his idea to rip off co-workers who he had heard talking about an upcoming shipment of pot. He pleaded guilty to a count of simple robbery.

The robbery at 908 8th St. S., a scheme that included a fake pizza delivery, happened at the wrong apartment. Instead of drug dealers, the residents were a pair of students at nearby Concordia College.

Lowe, who was a getaway driver, testified he planned the heist with John Kukert Jr. and Noah Anderson. Both Kukert and Anderson were found guilty at trial of robbery-related charges in Clay County District Court.

Two other men have also pleaded guilty in connection to the robbery.

When he is sentenced on Dec. 13, Lowe’s plea deal calls for 180 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation.