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Helena woman gets a year in prison for armed home invasion

Helena woman gets a year in prison for armed home invasion

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Arielle Rose Cowser

Arielle Rose Cowser

A 27-year-old Helena woman who participated in an armed home invasion and robbery was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said in a press release Thursday. 

After a three-day trial in February, a jury found Arielle Rose Cowser guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce and robbery affecting commerce. The jury acquitted Cowser of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Prosecutors say a co-defendant, Kielan Brett Franklin, gave the victims money to travel to Washington to buy an ounce of heroin and began sending them threatening text messages after they returned with less than an ounce and declined to immediately turn it over. 

Prosecutors say the victims let Cowser into their Helena home on March 8, 2019, and Cowser then allowed Franklin, Gerald Allen Hiler and Morgan Victor Pitsch into the home a few minutes later. Hiler and Pitsch were wearing masks and had guns, and the robbers fled with a small amount of heroin and the female victim's wedding ring, cellphone and purse after the victims called 911. 

Franklin, Hiler and Pitsch have all pleaded guilty. 

Franklin's sentence is pending. 

Hiler was sentenced to 11 years and seven months in prison and five years of supervised release.

Pitsch was sentenced to six years and six months in prison. 

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