Missoula man sentenced for May robbery

Zoe Buchli

A Missoula man arrested for robbing another man in May was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.

Rio Don Beierle, 25, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit robbery in October. Five years of his 10-year sentence were suspended. He received 242 days of credit for time already served in custody.

Missoula County District Judge Jason Marks presided at the hearing.

Beierle was part of a conspiracy with three others to steal belongings from another man in the spring. He and three other co-defendants went to the victim’s house on Liberty Lane. He allegedly held a gun to the victim’s head, hit him with it and told him to get on the ground, according to charging documents. When Beierle and his co-defendants left, the victim noticed his gun, phone and wallet were missing.

Kandace Nateese Miller, 27, and Taylor Nickoles Mienke, 23, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery in connection to the incident.

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