A warrant has been issued for a 19-year-old homeless man convicted in March of armed robbery in Juniata last year.
Clayton Robinson failed to appear Tuesday for his scheduled sentencing in Adams County District Court.
His attorney, Adams County Public Defender Shon Lieske, asked for a continuance. He said Robinson hadn’t been in contact with his office so he was unsure of Robinson’s whereabouts.
Prosecuting attorney, deputy Adams County Attorney Andrew Butler, objected to a continuance and asked for a warrant to be issued for Robinson’s arrest.
Adams County District Judge Stephen Illingworth noted that the pre-sentencing investigation report indicated Robinson had failed to show up for three appointments with the probation office.
Illingworth overruled the motion for a continuance and ordered a bench warrant be issued for Robinson’s arrest. The judge ordered that Robinson’s bond will be set at his next appearance in court.
Robinson pleaded no contest to charge of robbery on March 29.
In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped charges of use of a firearm to commit a felony and committing child abuse without injury.
At that hearing, Robinson signed a waiver of extradition and Illingworth reduced his bond to a $100,000 personal recognizance bond.
According to court records, Robinson is accused of robbing Casey’s General Sore at 107 W. 14th St. in Juniata.
He reportedly wore a ski mask and dark clothes, wielding a handgun to threaten employees before leaving Casey’s with more than $1,000 and two cartons of cigarettes.
His girlfriend, Renee Weigel, 21, of North Platte, faces charges of aiding and abetting robbery and committing child abuse without injury.
She drove a vehicle from North Platte to Juniata on Dec. 12, 2018, and allegedly parked in a nearby parking lot while Robinson went inside Casey’s. Along with Robinson, Weigel brought her 8-month-old child to Juniata.
Weigel pleaded no contest April 18 to attempted child abuse without injury, a Class 4 felony punishable by up to two years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
In exchange for her plea, prosecutors reduced the charge to an attempt and dropped a charge of aiding and abetting robbery, a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison.
A third person implicated in the case is Dusty Fitzke, who was an employee at the store at the time.
Fitzke, 22, reportedly communicated with Robinson during the early evening hours of Dec. 12 by phone, text and Snapchat regarding Robinson robbing Casey’s. Fitzke sent a text to Robinson letting him know there was no one in the store besides employees.
Fitzke had been charged with aiding and abetting a robbery and false reporting in the district court. The felony case was dismissed and Fitzke pleaded no contest to false reporting, a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Fitzke is scheduled to be sentenced on June 20.
Use of a firearm to commit a felony is a Class 1C felony punishable by five to 50 years in prison. Robbery and aiding and abetting robbery are each a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Committing child abuse without injury is a Class 3A felony punishable by up to three years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. False reporting is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.