Pete White Will Avoid Habitual Criminal Tag
A Casper man will avoid being labeled as a habitual criminal, after changing his plea in an armed robbery case.
Thirty-year-old Pete White has entered an Alford plea to one charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Police say in April, 20-year old Shannon Mares and 20-year old Arthur Brown robbed Moonlight Liquor on East 12th Street at gunpoint, then went to White’s home a few blocks away, where they were given a change of clothing and a ride home by White.
Mares was arrested a week later on an unrelated shoplifting incident.
Eventually, prosecutors say he and Brown admitted to their roles in the robbery and said White gave them a handgun.
White admitted to officers that he provided transportation to Brown and Mares on different occasions, and that the other two were at his home before and after the robbery, but did not know about it until later, and denied having any connection to the weapon used.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek no more than a 13-to-15 year prison sentence.
White has two previous violent felony convictions and could have faced life in prison, if he was convicted as an habitual offender.
An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but it acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.