Central City casino robber gets 224 years in prison

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GOLDEN, Colo. – A career criminal has been sentenced to 224 years in prison for robbing a Central City casino and then trying to shoot a police officer during his getaway.

Randy Steven Keesee, 45, from Aurora, Colo., was convicted in November 2011 of attempted first degree murder, four counts of aggravated robbery, first degree assault of a peace officer, theft of over $20,000, reckless endangerment and five sentence “enhancers.”

On April 3, 2010, Keesee made off with $28,000 after robbing a cashier at the Famous Bonanza Casino at gunpoint. Prosecutors say he then drove into the parking garage at the Golden Gate Casino in Black Hawk where he was confronted by Black Hawk police officer.

“He attempted to shoot at the officer, but his gun malfunctioned,” said Jefferson County District Attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell. “Keesee was injured when the officer fired back.”

Keesee had five prior felony convictions.

“The court found Keesee to be a habitual criminal with the result being that he was sentenced at four times the maximum sentence he would have otherwise received,” said Russell.

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