CASPER, Wyo. — Three men facing multiple felonies in connection to a string of robberies and burglaries that took place in Casper late last year have entered not guilty pleas to their charges.
Anthony Blackbonnet entered his pleas Thursday morning before Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking during a brief arraignment hearing.
The 19-year-old — along with his 45-year-old father, Robert Smith Blackbonnet — is accused of taking part in some way in three armed robberies and four burglaries dating back to September.
Combined, the Blackbonnets have been charged with more than 25 crimes.
Robert Blackbonnet entered not guilty pleas earlier this month in district court.
Tahwoncha Ray, a 28-year-old who allegedly lived with the father and son in a North McKinley Street residence, has also been charged in connection with the crimes. He, too, has entered not guilty pleas.
The Blackbonnets each face the possibility of more than 50 years behind bars if convicted, while Ray faces the possibility of more than 30 years in prison.
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The Blackbonnets are accused of playing roles in aggravated robberies at the Kum & Go in Evansville and the Motel 6 in Casper. Each of the incidents, which occurred in late November and early December, featured a large-caliber revolver being pulled on a clerk. Both times, the culprit left with several hundred dollars in cash, according to police.
They are also connected to an aggravated robbery that happened inside an Evansville home in December. That incident involved the victim being awakened by two suspects holding weapons and demanding money. The wheelchair-bound victim was struck with a pistol and had several prescription pill bottles and a jacket stolen, according to previous courtroom testimony.
In addition to the robberies, the Blackbonnets are accused of taking part in four Casper burglaries: a home (where a pistol and exotic rifle were taken), a vehicle (where a purse containing $600 cash was taken) a pawn shop (where televisions, jewelry and cash were taken) and a local sports apparel business.
On Dec. 11, authorities executed a search warrant at the Blackbonnet home. Police say they found several items taken during the burglaries, including a 50-inch flat-screen television and professional sports team apparel.
A trash bin near the home contained several pill bottles allegedly taken during the Evansville residential robbery, according to an arrest affidavit.
All of the men, who remain in the Natrona County Detention Center, will have trial dates scheduled.
A fourth man, Anthony Scott Atkinson, who has been charged with four felonies connected to the burglaries, is scheduled to be arraigned next week in district court.