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Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Minneapolis man has been sent to federal prison for a series of armed robberies.

The US Attorney for Minnesota says 30-year-old Keanu Ross was given a 17-1/2 year prison term for his conviction on charges of aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He was accused of robbing two convenience stores and a hotel in the Twin Cities in February 2020.

Sherburne County Jail photo
Sherburne County Jail photo
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Court documents indicate an employee of one of the convenience stores was knocked to the ground and kicked in the face by Ross. He was also accused of firing a gun during the robbery of a Super 8 Hotel in Brooklyn Center. It was alleged that he fired a single shot from a handgun after he ordered the employees of the hotel to run from the scene.

A 30-year-old woman has also entered guilty pleas to federal charges for her involvement in the robberies. Federal prosecutors say a sentencing hearing for Antoinette Dobyne will be held at a later date.

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