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Degenerate blackjack player who left casino to rob bank pleads guilty

January 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Degenerate blackjack player who left casino to rob bank pleads guilty

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A man, who left a casino to rob a bank before he returned to continue gambling, has pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree robbery.

Kerry Johnson, 52, was been at the Mardi Gras Casino in Nitro, West Virginia on August 2nd when he placed a $25 chip on a table to secure his spot.

Prosecutors allege that Johnson then traveled 13 miles to City National Bank in Charleston, and handed the tellers a note stating that he had a bomb and a weapon and was demanding cash.

On Wednesday, he admitted to the judge that he had taken quite a few drugs on the day of the theft, but noticed himself after seeing surveillance footage from the bank.

Surveillance video captured the robber sporting a baseball cap handing a teller a note which said he was armed and demanded cash

Johnson acknowledged that “most of the day was a blur,” and that he does not remember when he left the casino to rob the bank, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

“I knew it was me,” he said after he saw surveillance video of himself from the bank.

Johnson, who has been held in South Central Regional Jail since he was apprehended, is facing between five to 18 years behind bars at his sentencing in March.

The man fled the bank with $5,000 in a green Mazda and returned to the blackjack table to continue his gambling.

Prosecutors said he drove 13 miles to City National Bank in Charleston where he fled with $5,000 cash

While acting on a tip, authorities arrived at Johnson’s residence and noticed the same car in the driveway. They also discovered a yellow legal pad that resembled the note he handed to the bank teller.

Police also found a bundle of money in between Johnson’s couch cushions and about $500 of the stolen money was discovered back at the blackjack table.

At the time of his arrest, Johnson told authorities that he was making $10,000 a month but that he didn’t have any money because of his gambling addiction.

His employment history indicated that he owned a marketing company for 11 years.

Johnson now faces 18-years in prison as a result of his guilty plea to second-degree robbery charges.

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