Colorado Casino Robber Jailed For 224 YearsMarch 6, 2012 2:06 pm
An armed robber who stole $28,000 from a casino in Colorado and later shot at a police officer has now been sentenced to 224 years in prison.
The incident took place at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, April, 2010, when the habitual criminal Randy Steven Keesee, 45, used a semi-automatic handgun to rob the Famous Bonanza Casino before making off in a black Audi getaway car. An hour and a half later, Keesee was then tracked down by a police officer to a parking garage at the Golden Gate Casino in Black Hawk.
Despite being ordered to stop, Keesee pointed his gun at the officer, which subsequently misfired leading to the officer firing back several rounds and injuring Keesee. Sgt. Kenneth Lloyd was later cleared of any improper action in the shooting.
After searching his vehicle, a black bag containing $28,000 in $100 bills and $50 bills was discovered, as well as the clothes Famous Bonanza Casino staff said the robber had been wearing at the time.
After his arrest, it was discovered Randy Steven Keesee had several previous convictions, including for a robbery which took place in 1984. Consequently, almost two years on and Keesee was found guilty by a Gilpin County jury and sentenced to 224 years in prison on a range of charges, including attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.
Randy Steven Keesee’s 224 year conviction may dwarf that of the 150 years given to ex-Financier Bernie Madoff, but it is still way off the longest sentences handed down in the US. That record goes to triple murderer Dudley Wayne Kyzer, who in 1981 received 10,000 Years in jail by a court in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. However, according to Alabama law Kyzer still remains eligible for parole, with his most recent bid denied on August 3, 2010, and his next due in 2015.