Montana casino robbers who stole Southern comforts plead guilty

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Posted on Aug 2, 2022 at 6:02 am.

Last updated on: August 2nd, 2022, 06:10 am.

Two women who robbed alcohol from a casino at gunpoint and then fired a warning shot before fleeing Billings Heights, Mont. The Magic Diamond venue has pleaded guilty, according to a federal prosecutor. If convicted, they face decades in prison.

Makyla Shayd Fetter, left, and Taliah Jeneane Ramirez in mugshots
Makyla Shayd Fetter, left, and Taliah Jeneane Ramirez in mug shots, pictured above. Both plead guilty to allegedly robbing a Billings, Mont. Casino. (Image: Yellowstone County Detention Center)

The March 20 incident began with the two Montana suspects stealing five bottles of Southern Comfort from the Magic Diamond Casino, prosecutors said.

Taliah Jeneane Ramirez, 22, of Billings, and Makyla Shayd Fetter, 28, of Harlem, wore black sweatshirts. Hoods covered their faces.

Fetter pulled the bottles from a shelf. An employee asked Fetter for an ID card. Fetter then allegedly pulled out a pistol, pointed it at the clerk and said, “Here’s your … ID.”

A second employee blocked the exits to prevent their escape. Fetter is said to have pointed the gun at the second clerk. The worker moved away from the doors.

The two suspects walked to a Buick parked next to the casino. Before fleeing, Ramirez pulled out a pistol and fired a bullet in the air, prosecutors said.

The two then fled at high speed. Cops followed her through Billings.

The chase was called off because the speed exceeded 130 km/h and threatened to injure other motorists or pedestrians.

car accidents at school

The Buick eventually crashed into a fence at Billings Ponderosa Elementary School.

Fetter was arrested nearby. Ramirez fled the area but was later arrested.

A loaded firearm was found in the schoolyard. The next day, a second gun was found by a student on the school grounds. It was given to a teacher who then gave it to a headmaster.

The second gun was also loaded. Authorities said both firearms were stolen.

The school is 6.2 miles south of the casino.

guilty pleas

This week the US Attorney for Montana said Jesse Laslovich, Ramirez and Fetter have each pleaded guilty to three counts. These include: robberies affecting commerce, possession of a firearm to encourage a violent crime, and possession of a firearm in a school territory.

The duo each face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release for robbery. Anyone possessing a firearm in a violent crime faces a mandatory minimum of seven years of life imprisonment, followed by any other penalty, a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release.

Possession of a firearm in a school territory means each faces a maximum of five years in prison, which cannot be combined with any other sentence, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Montana Federal Judge Susan P. Watters will sentence both women at a later date.

Ramirez and Fetter remain in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on federal charges, according to online jail records. No commitment was agreed.

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