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Man who aided robbery is sentenced to supervision

By Associated Press


MISSOULA, Mont. >> A man from Hawaii has been sentenced in a case in which five roommates allegedly conspired to rob a Missoula convenience store to help pay their rent.

District Judge John Larson sentenced Ikaika Kamaka, 20, to two years of intensive supervision for his role in the Jan. 8 robbery.

Prosecutors alleged Kamaka went into the store to purchase tea and ensure the cash register would open before three other men entered the store. 

Surveillance video shows two men beating the clerk with baseball bats. The men then left the store with a cash register containing just over $90.


The clerk, Patrick Bendig, had bought the tea for Kamaka, a regular customer, prosecutors said.

Bendig, who suffered a skull fracture that was repaired with a titanium plate, argued that Kamaka should receive the most severe punishment for not making the choice to stop the robbery.

Kamaka said he tried to persuade the others not to rob the store but feared being kicked out of the apartment and not having a place to live.

Kamaka pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery. He was sentenced Thursday to seven years with the Department of Corrections with five suspended and ordered to contribute to $6,700 in restitution for the clerk’s lost wages. 


Kamaka will be on parole and will have to wear a GPS tracking device.

Kamaka, who is from Hawaii, said he and his brother, Devon, were living with co-defendants Ture-Adon Thibodeaux, Andrew Badger and Cruz Bernardi for about a month before the robbery.

Thibodeaux pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Bernardi, who said he was the lookout and supplied the baseball bats, was given a five-year suspended sentence.

Devon Kamaka pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit robbery and is set to go to trial Sept. 16.

Badger was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and assault. He has a status hearing Sept. 17.

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Graham wrote:
And people grumble about the sentences our judges give...
on August 31,2013 | 09:21AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Auwe! These brothers were OIA champion track stars for Waianae and Radford. What went wrong in their lives? Family should've sent plane tickets and brought them back home.BEFORE running out of rent $$. After robbing to pay rent, how were they gonna pay future rent? More robberies?
on August 31,2013 | 11:59AM
Anonymous wrote:
Good atletes but no mo "atama". Their parents must surely be Very Shame !!!
on September 1,2013 | 06:52AM
allie wrote:
Kamaka not pono
on September 1,2013 | 09:30AM
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