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A 26-year-old Illinois man has been arrested and appeared before a judge Wednesday in Lincoln for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery during a dice game in February that ended with a man shot in the leg.

Prosecutors charged Desmond C. Pruitt, of East St. Louis, Illinois, with robbery and use of a firearm to commit a felony. He was arrested in Rock Port, Missouri, and brought to the Lancaster County jail on Tuesday night.

Police believe Pruitt and another man, who he called his brother, brought guns to a dice game at a University Place house Feb. 8.

Police say the other man held a gun to the neck of one of the gamblers and demanded money, then shot him in the leg, and that Pruitt also pulled out a gun, firing a single shot that didn't hit anyone.

The pair left with $2,500 and an iPhone, an investigator said in the affidavit for Pruitt's arrest.

Pruitt's bond was set at $250,000. He is believed to be the only person charged so far in the case.

If convicted, he faces up to 100 years in prison. The gun charge alone carries a mandatory minimum of five years.

 

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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