Second man in Payson casino robbery sentenced

Second man in Payson casino robbery sentenced
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - A second suspect in the 2018 robbery of a casino in Payson, AZ was sentenced on Monday, April 15.

Ryan Pearson, 32, of Payson, Arizona was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan M. Brnovich to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona.

He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

According to the release, Pearson admitted to using a firearm, along with co-defendant Armando Pablo Ochoa, to rob the Mazatal Casino on the Tonto Apache Indian Reservation.

Ochoa and Pearson entered the casino armed with handguns and demanded employees open a vault. When they did not receive immediate compliance, Ochoa and Pearson each fired a round from their weapons. Both Ochoa and Pearson were employees of the casino at the time.

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