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Trial in spring for Christmas armed robbery
Carmille Nelson
Carmille Nelson

The man accused of robbing Stop-N-Go in Platteville on Christmas night will be tried on a charge of party to armed robbery this spring.

Carmille Kalvin Nelson, 19, Chicago, was bound over for trial after he waived his preliminary hearing in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster Thursday. 

Nelson is in the Grant County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bond. He faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and $100,000 fines if convicted.

A status conference was set for April 5. The trial will be held April 19, May 17 or May 24, according to court records. 

Nelson is accused of robbing the Stop-N-Go at North Water Street and East Madison Street on Christmas around 9 p.m.

The suspect now identified as Nelson, who had a handgun, fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, a bank bag, and an unopened bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, according to police.

Jamil Malik Ware, 20, Chicago, was arrested in Dubuque Jan. 18. Ware was alleged to be the suspect who was waiting outside the store while Nelson committed the robbery inside the store, according to police.

Police said an “observant community member” provided information that led to Ware’s identification and Nelson’s arrest on an unrelated case in Dubuque Dec. 26.

However, the charge against Ware was dismissed Feb. 2. According to court records, Ware’s attorney, Jeremiah Meyer-O’Day, claimed the criminal complaint didn’t show that Ware was directly involved with the robbery or knew that Nelson was going to rob the store.