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Aberdeen man gets 20 years in motel robbery case

ABERDEEN, S.D. - An Aberdeen man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection to the 2018 robbery of Super 8 East.

Nicholas A. Peterson, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning, April 17, to felony robbery and ingestion of methamphetamine. The charges stem from two separate cases.

The robbery charge is from the Jan. 27, 2018, robbery. According to police reports at the time, a person wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the motel.

During sentencing, Peterson admitted using a gun during the robbery. It was part of a plea agreement in which he also admitted to ingestion of meth in 2017.

For the robbery, the judge sentenced Peterson to 20 years in prison with six years suspended and gave him credit for 151 days served. That term will be served concurrently with a five-year prison sentence on the meth ingestion charge.

The judge denied Peterson's request to turn himself in to the sheriff's office on Monday and immediately remanded him to the custody of the sheriff's office.

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