Man pleads guilty in connection with assault, robbery of store clerk


MISSOULA, Mont. - A Missoula man pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy to commit robbery charge connected to an assault and robbery incident earlier this year.

Ikaika Kamaka changed his plea to guilty in Missoula County District Court Thursday.

He was charged with the felony in January after he entered Jay's Mary on 39th Street, to scout the store. Video surveillance showed Kamaka go up to the counter to buy a drink, and when he didn't have enough money the clerk, Patrick Bendig, paid for it. 

After he left the store the video shows four other men including Kamaka's brother went in and beat Bendig with baseball bats and took off with the money.

One of those men, Ture-adon Thibodeaux was sentenced to 10 years in prison earlier this month.

Kamaka's sentencing hearing is scheduled for August.

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