Pull-tab parlor robber gets 15 years

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- One of four men charged with participating in the Aug. 7 armed robbery of a Fairbanks pull-tab parlor, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement in Superior Court.

Richard Noriega, 32, agreed Tuesday to plead no contest to first-degree burglary in exchange for the dismissal of a second-degree theft charge.

He and three other men are charged with rushing into The Five Aces pull-tab parlor on Third Street and stealing at least $500. Noriega allegedly stuffed the cash into a garbage bag after Chris Alfred, 22, pointed a gun at the clerk and William Ludwig, 26, duct-taped her hands and mouth. A fourth man, William E. Douglas, 20, reportedly waited outside in a mini-van the men used as a get-away vehicle.

Noriega is currently serving eight months in prison for the parole violation, and the 15-year sentence will start after that term ends.

Douglas, Alfred and Ludwig are all scheduled to go to trial on burglary and theft charges in November. However, Assistant District Attorney Jay Hodges said Tuesday that all the men will likely reach plea deals before then.

''They've all admitted their culpability,'' Hodges said.

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