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Gering resident pleads guilty to robbery
August 27, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Richard Trapp

A Gering resident could potentially spend much of his future life in prison after pleading guilty this week in Scotts Bluff County District Court to a number of felonies dating back to last fall.
Richard Trapp, 25, pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery, as well as one count of use of a weapon to commit a felony.

The charges stem from two robberies at the Scottsbluff Walgreen’s store last October and in February of this year.

Trapp has also been charged with armed robberies at the Shopko Pharmacy in Torrington, Wyo. and similar robberies in Alliance and Sterling, Colo.

After his arrest on May 27, Trapp told Scottsbluff police during an interview he used a handgun to rob the Scottsbluff Walgreen’s on two occasions. He also admitted to the robberies at the Alliance Shopko and Sterling Walmart pharmacies.

An additional search warrant was issued on Trapp’s home, where Fentanyl patches and Vicodin tablets were found. Also, more than 1,000 oxycodone pills were found that had been stolen from the Torrington Shopko.

Sentencing for Trapp is scheduled for Oct. 5 in Scotts Bluff County District Court. On Nov. 4, sentencing is scheduled in Box Butte County District Court on his guilty plea to the Alliance robbery. Sentencing for the Torrington and Sterling robberies are still to be determined.

Under the plea agreement in Scotts Bluff County, Trapp could receive up to 50 years in prison on the robbery convictions and a minimum of five years on the weapons charge.
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