Man gets suspended sentence for involvement in assault, robbery of store clerk


MISSOULA, Mont. - A judge handed down a suspended sentence for a Missoula man who served as a lookout in the brutal assault and robbery of a store clerk.

Cruz Sebastian Bernardi showed up in Missoula County District Court Tuesday.

In June he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and told the judge he was the lookout the night police say three other men almost killed a convenience store clerk at Jay's Mart and got away with cash.

"I just made a phone call saying nobody was at the gas station," Bernardi told Missoula County District Court Judge Karen Townsend in June.

Tuesday, Townsend followed the plea agreement sentencing Bernardi to five years with the Department of Corrections, all suspended. Bernardi will also be responsible for restitution in the case. The $6,712.80 will be split among those convicted for the crime.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled later this week Ikaika Kamaka, who also told the judge he served as a ‘scout' for the crime. His brother Devon Kamaka is still scheduled to go to trial next month, while Andrew Badger is expected to change his plea.

Ture-Adon Thibodeaux is already serving his 10-year sentence in the Montana State Prison for assault with a weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery charges.

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