Get-away driver in armed robbery pleads guilty.

February 26, 2018

Cameron Card with defense attorney Matthew Ryan Kacel.

Get-away driver in armed robbery pleads guilty.

#OceanaCountyCrime

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 19-year-old North Muskegon man currently lodged in prison for a string of armed robberies last summer pleaded guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Feb. 26, to armed robbery.

Cameron James Card is currently lodged in the Muskegon County Correctional Facility serving a five year to life sentence for an armed robbery conviction in Newaygo County and two terms of four and a half to 25 years for armed robbery convictions in Muskegon County.

Card, who testified Monday that he was the get-away driver in the robberies, faces a cap of six years minimum for the conviction in Oceana County which stems from the July 19, 2017 armed robbery of the New Era Wesco.

He and his co-defendant Ian Evan Rodriguez, 19, of Muskegon also robbed the Hesperia Wesco in Newaygo County and the J&H Family Store in Twin Lake and the Speedway gas station in Ravenna where they were eventually caught.

Card said the get-away car was his 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and that Rodriguez used a “BB gun pistol” to rob the stores. Police said the pellet gun was disguised as a real handgun.

“I did not go in the store,” Card told Judge Robert D. Springstead.

When asked by Springstead how much money he stole in the New Era robbery, Card answered, “I received $25, and I believe he received $800.”

Sentencing is set for April 23.

Rodriguez, who is also incarcerated in prison, pleaded guilty in Oceana County last month to armed robbery and also faces a six-year minimum term.

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