Fairbanks man sentenced in theater robbery, car theft

Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A man convicted of robbing a movie theater and stealing more than $100,000 in automobiles was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Thursday.

Mario Wriston, 18, received the same sentence Dennis Lindsay, 19, who also was convicted of participating in the cinema robbery and automobile thefts.

Wriston is the second of four men to be sentenced in the cinema robbery case.

According to police, Wriston, Lindsay and the other two men, all wearing masks, tied up two Regal Cinemas employees and robbed the office shortly before 6 a.m. on Feb. 3. Wriston carried a handgun, later found to be a carbon dioxide pellet gun.

He reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading no contest to one count of robbery.

He also pleaded no contest to one count of burglary in the theft of Toyota Sequoias, a Toyota Camry, a laptop computer and cash from Auto Service Co. on Jan. 2.

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