A Cheyenne man was found guilty today in Albany County District Court of Accessory Before the Fact to Aggravated Robbery. According to prosecutors, 22-year-old Terence James was present during the robbery of the Fairfield Inn in Laramie shortly after midnight New Year’s Day 2013.

According to a court affidavit, James entered the hotel with Kevin Lewis. Lewis presented a gun and the men left with $245 in cash. Both men covered their faces during the robbery.

The men were apprehended by Cheyenne Police shortly after another robbery less than two weeks after the Laramie incident. James told officers that he was not there during the robbery of a cash advance center in Cheyenne, but he admitted to being present during the Laramie and other robberies within a two week period. James told police he received $130 for the robbery in Laramie, but that he had not spent any of the cash.

The defense argued that while James was present at the time of the Fairfield Inn robbery, he did not aid or abet Lewis. They said that James did not know about the crime until they arrived at the hotel, and he was afraid for himself and his family if he reported the crime.

Sentencing for James will take place at a later date.

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