Keith Allan Devereaux Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 8, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, KEITH ALLAN DEVEREAUX, a 35-year-old resident of Great Falls, pled guilty to aiding and abetting the crime of robbery affecting commerce. Sentencing has been set for April 8, 2013. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On February 21, 2012, around 10:00 p.m., Great Falls Police were alerted to a robbery at the Eagles Lodge. It was reported that three men had robbed a female employee at gun point and then sprayed her in the face with pepper spray. Officers arrived to find the employee absolutely hysterical. She was sobbing and told officers she believed she was going to be shot during the robbery.
Officers began their investigation and found $3,961 had been stolen from the money drawers. The inside of the building also smelled of pepper spray so badly that the police called the Great Falls Fire and Rescue in order to aerate the room. Police interviewed the victim two days later because she was too upset to speak until that point.
According to the victim, the last customer left the bar around 9:30 p.m. Once the customer left, the victim began to clean the west end of the bar. She did not recall hearing anyone come inside, but heard a male voice tell her to turn around. The victim turned around to see three men who were all dressed in black hooded sweatshirts with their faces fairly covered. One of the men pointed a handgun at the victim and yelled, "where's the money?" She believed two of the men had handguns, but could not identify which ones possessed the guns. Another man pointed a gun at the victim and made her walk to the end of the bar. The victim heard banging and slamming, and eventually one man said, "you'll be okay," and sprayed her in the face with pepper spray. The victim struggled to breathe, found her phone, and ran outside to call police.
On February 23, 2012, Great Falls police received a tip that John Gopher, Alicia Arthur, Anthony Gregori, and DEVEREAUX may have been involved in the robbery. The tip reported Gopher had bragged that over $2,000 had been stolen in the robbery of the Eagles Lodge. The person also relayed that Gopher, Gregori, Arthur, and DEVEREAUX had traveled to Billings, but would soon be returning to Great Falls.
Detectives arrested DEVEREAUX after he returned to Great Falls. DEVEREAUX told police he had been in the same car with Gopher, Arthur, and Gregori on the night of the robbery. But that he had returned home at some point. DEVEREAUX did tell the police, however, that he had been with Gopher and Arthur when they devised a plan to rob the Eagles Lodge. DEVEREAUX said he participated in the planning of the robbery, and added the Eagles Lodge looked like a hospital or old person's home. Gopher and Arthur also told police that DEVEREAUX had participated in the robbery.
Gopher, Arthur, and Gregori pled guilty to federal charges and have been sentenced.
DEVEREAUX faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Great Falls Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.