Teen sentenced for Fairbanks theater robbery

Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of four men convicted of robbing a movie theater in February was sentenced to five years in prison Monday, plus six months more for another theft.

Dennis Lindsay, 19, thanked Superior Court Judge Charles Pengilly for the sentence of five and a half years.

''It makes me see I need education and I can't be ... doing stuff like this,'' Lindsay said. ''It's a real eye-opener. It might seem strange, but I want to say 'thank you.'''

The robbery sentence was the maximum allowed under a plea agreement Lindsay worked out with prosecutors. The second charge was for the Jan. 2 theft of vehicles, a laptop computer and cash from a car lot.

Lindsay was one of four men who showed up at the Regal Cinemas theater early Feb. 3 wearing hoods. The four stopped an employee as she was leaving. One of the men had a handgun, which authorities later determined was a pellet gun.

As one man stood guard, the other three tied up the woman and another employee and stole about $7,000.

The employees were able to untie themselves, follow the robbers and alert police.

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