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Forum staff reports, Published June 21 2012

Jury convicts Fargo man in Stop-N-Go robbery, following guilty pleas of two others

FARGO – A Cass County jury has convicted a Fargo man for his role in the Oct. 26 armed robbery of a Stop-N-Go store in south Fargo.

Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Charles Edward Butcher guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery late Wednesday afternoon, Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Younggren said.

A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered to be completed within 30 days.

The Class B felony charge normally carries up to 10 years in prison, but Butcher could face up to 20 years if the judge grants the state’s request to deem him an habitual offender because he has two prior felony convictions, Younggren said.

Butcher, 29, was the only one of the three suspects in the robbery to take the case to trial in Cass County District Court.

Mason Fred Peet, 19, of Ponsford, Minn., pleaded guilty to robbery and terrorizing, admitting he pointed a rifle at the Stop-N-Go clerk during the robbery at 602 23rd St. S. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Steven Daniel Gibson, 41, of Fargo, pleaded guilty to robbery conspiracy and was sentenced to 102 days in jail. Like Peet, he also must serve three years of supervised probation.

Younggren said security footage showed all three defendants pointed guns at the Stop-N-Go clerk. There was testimony that the guns wielded by Gibson and Butcher were BB pistols, but the weapons weren’t recovered, he said.