UPDATE: Man who went on Fargo robbery spree to spend 3 years in prison
FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The man who went on a four-day robbery spree last summer has been sentenced in federal court.
22-year-old Hunter Havisto was originally charged with five counts of interference with commerce by threats and violence, however documents show two of those counts were dropped. Havisto pleaded guilty in the case in December.
Havisto began his string of robberies on June 6 at Tropical Smoothie when court documents say he gave a note to staff stating he had a knife and wanted all of the money in the register. On June 8, Havisto threatened to shoot a 13th Ave. Walmart employee if they didn’t give him money in a safe, and later stole money from the Casey’s gas station at 2902 13th Ave. S., according to court documents. Havisto’s spree continued on June 9 when he hit M&H gas station at 1602 Main Ave., and his final act came the next day when court documents say he held up what appeared to be a gun and demanded $1,000 at Mister Money. An employee of Mister Money fired multiple shots at the back window of Havisto’s getaway car as a way to make the car more identifiable to the public and police. Havisto was arrested a few hours later.
In an interview with Valley News Live shortly after his arrest, Havisto apologized and stated addiction to drugs were partially to blame for his robberies.
“I never thought addiction could bring me to such a level of evilness, but here we are,” he said.
Federal documents state Havisto has been sentenced to serve just over three years in prison where he will undergo substance abuse treatment. Havisto has also been ordered to pay nearly $4,000 in restitution for the money he nabbed from the four stores. Once released from prison, documents say Havisto will also have to serve three years of supervised probation.
56-year-old Kyle Ramsey, the Mister Money employee, has since been charged and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment for firing his gun at Havisto inside the vehicle. Ramsey was sentenced in December to 360 days of unsupervised probation.
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