(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – He helped rob dozens of winners from southeast Indiana riverboat casinos, however, for the next three decades the only games Kenyatta Erkins will be playing are in prison.
The 36-year-old from Cincinnati was sentenced to 31 years behind bars in a Hamilton County courtroom Wednesday.
Erkins was convicted of 10 counts of aggravated robbery, conspiracy and felonious assault in August during a bench trial. He was acquitted on eight similar charges.
Hamilton County law enforcement began investigating after more than two dozen winners at Hollywood Casino reported being robbed of their winnings after arriving home from the Lawrenceburg riverboat.
Many of the victims were elderly and physically vulnerable. More than $10,000 in cash was taken in some of the robberies according to court documents.
Erkins and two accomplices – Ugbe Ojile and Amy Hoover, Erkins’ girlfriend - were arrested in October 2010 after police set up a sting operation at the casino. An undercover officer pretended to walk with a cane and showed off cash, which led to the trio following that officer across the state line into Ohio, where they were apprehended.
Erkins had faced up to 90 years.
He is the second person to be sentenced in the case. Hoover, 26, received a three year prison sentence in August after reaching a plea agreement in exchange for a lesser sentence.
Ojile, 34, was scheduled to be sentenced along with Erkins on Wednesday, however, he had fallen ill and was in the hospital. His sentencing will come later.