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SpongeBob SquarePants Robber Sentenced

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Kyle Ernest Campbell, 25, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for robbing an espresso stand at gunpoint Kyle Ernest Campbell, 25, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for robbing an espresso stand at gunpoint
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The man who robbed an espresso stand in Kootenai County a year ago wearing a SpongeBob SquarePants mask was sentenced to 13 years in prison this week. 

Kyle Campbell pled guilty in October to the armed robbery of the Lean Bean Espresso stand on E. Sherman in Coeur d'Alene back on January 30, 2013. Campbell entered the stand armed with a gun while wearing a SpongeBob mask and demanded money from the baristas. He fled on foot and was arrested two days later. 

A press release from the Kootenai County Prosecutor stated Campbell has a lengthy history of criminal activity, mostly on tribal charges, but only two convictions for misdemeanor Careless Driving and Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Campbell acknowledged to Judge Lansing Haynes that he has a substance abuse problem. Judge Hayes ordered the first four years of the 13 year sentence would be fixed, and the remaining nine years would be indeterminate, with credit for time served. 

Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh wants Campbell to get the help he needs while in prison. 

"Mr. Campbell's dangerous conduct, combined with his substance abuse issues, indicate that placement in an appropriate treatment program while incarcerated is appropriate," McHugh said in a press release issued Tuesday. 

"The court's sentence will allow him an opportunity to participate in those programs and demonstrate an ability to comply with program and Department Corrections rules. Until he changes, he will be a danger to the community to commit similar reckless and dangerous crimes. The Bureau of Prisons will determine when he will have changed enough to avoid criminal conduct," McHugh concluded. 

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