The Zearing man who police say robbed a Nevada convenience store at gunpoint in May was set to plead guilty this week, according to online court records.
Samual Alexander Blatcher, 26, was arrested May 19 and charged with first-degree robbery (Class B felony), and three counts of forgery (Class D felony).
According to Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds, Blatcher was set to plead guilty to second-degree robbery at a hearing Oct. 2, and both the prosecution and defense are recommending a 10-year prison sentence, with a mandatory minimum.
Blatcher originally pleaded not guilty in a written arraignment June 5, and his trial was originally set for July 25, before being delayed until Aug. 22, and finally Oct. 17, before entering a plea earlier this week.
According to Nevada police, Blatcher entered the Kum & Go at 731 Lincoln Highway about 2 a.m. May 14, and pointed a gun at the clerk. Police said Blatcher left the store with an unknown amount of cash.
Nevada police said that during the investigation, a warrant was filed for Blatcher’s arrest, and evidence was recovered from his residence.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
As of Thursday afternoon, Blatcher was still being held in the Story County Jail on $65,000 bond.