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Bigfork casino robber sentenced to 5 years in prison

 Samantha Starks
Posted at 7:45 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 15:53:12-04

KALISPELL — A woman accused of robbing The Jackpot Casino in Bigfork last November has been sentenced to five years at the Montana Women’s Prison in Billings.

Samantha Starks -- who was sentenced in Flathead County District Court on June 11 -- was also ordered to pay more than $5,000 in restitution to the casino.

Starks pleaded guilty to Felony Robbery by way of no contest on April 29.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Henio says Starks used a handgun to rob the casino on Nov. 12, 2019.

No injuries were reported during the robbery, but Bigfork schools were forced to go into lockdown.