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As part of a plea agreement that settles two cases, a Bismarck man pleaded guilty to trying to rob a gas station at knifepoint on Christmas Eve.

Jerry Holmes, 50, waived his preliminary hearing Monday and pleaded guilty to felony counts of robbery with a weapon, attempted theft of property and attempted simple assault, as well as unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia in another case.

He was arrested last month after footprints in snow reportedly traced him to the attempted robbery of the Kum & Go on East Rosser Avenue. Holmes was reportedly in disguise and brandished a knife at the store.

While in custody, Holmes also allegedly tried to headbutt a detective.

South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick sentenced him to three four-year sentences to run concurrently, with 120 days credit, followed by two years supervised probation as well as other conditions including a chemical dependency evaluation and some fees. 

Romanick also dismissed a second count of attempted simple assault.

Holmes will serve two years concurrent for the drug paraphernalia case. He also is  serving time for failing to register as a sex offender, with a release date in October.

He is housed at the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck.

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