‘Victim’ of Kalispell Casino Robbery Charged

By Beacon Staff

A Kalispell casino employee who was “robbed” last October faces charges that she helped stage the robbery to cover up a nearly $5,000 shortfall in her cash register.

Shannon Sherwood was arrested Thursday after her boyfriend, Jason Skalsky pleaded guilty to felony theft for the Oct. 26 robbery of the Gold Dust Casino. Prosecutors are recommending a three-year probationary sentence.

Deputy Flathead County Attorney Caleb E. Simpson said Skalsky eventually told authorities that Sherwood came up with the idea for the robbery.

Skalsky used a toy gun during the robbery and was chased down by a casino patron in the parking lot, where officers recovered about $4,300 in cash. Skalsky fled and was arrested a short time later.

Sherwood faces charges of felony accountability to theft and felony theft by embezzlement.

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