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Emily Welker, Published October 28 2013

Fargo man sentenced to 2 years in cabbie stickup with toy gun

FARGO – A Fargo man was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for his part in luring a cab driver to a southside apartment building by calling for a ride to the airport, and then putting a gun to his head and demanding cash.

Noah Nigel Garcia, 22, of Fargo, pleaded guilty Monday in Cass County District Court to a reduced charge of Class C felony robbery.

Garcia was charged with two other men – brothers Arbnor and Ardit Luma – and a juvenile in the June 5 robbery of Doyle cab driver Raymond Keller with a toy gun the four had allegedly stolen from a neighbor’s storage area at an apartment building at 3331 15th Ave. S.

Court documents filed in the case state the four plotted the scheme to rob a cab driver after Garcia became upset about losing money in a poker game the four were playing before the robbery.

At a sentencing hearing Monday, Garcia’s attorney told the court his client was unlikely to have conceived the scheme.

Scott Brand said Garcia was more than likely peer-pressured by the others into being one of the two who pulled the toy gun on the cab driver. He asked the judge for a deferred imposition of sentence.

Cass County prosecutor Ryan Younggren agreed with Brand that Garcia had a minimal criminal history, with only a single driving under suspension on his criminal record before pleading guilty to this robbery.

Garcia also cooperated with police investigators, Younggren said, unlike the Luma brothers.

Younggren asked the judge for a two-year prison sentence for Garcia, citing the seriousness of the crime. As part of the deal, he said he would not pursue burglary charges for taking the toy gun from the neighbor.

Judge John Irby told Garcia he was taking the prosecution’s recommendation in part to underscore the seriousness of the crime.

In addition to the two-year prison term, Irby sentenced Garcia to two years of supervised probation.

Younggren said he would recommend a two-year sentence for Ardit Luma at a plea hearing set for Nov. 12. Arbnor Luma was sentenced Sept. 4 to 3½ years after pleading guilty.

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