Anthony Carleo, the “biker bandit” who has admitted he robbed the Suncoast and Bellagio casinos in December, could be looking at some significant prison time when he’s sentenced in late August — from eight to 72 years, his attorney said Thursday.
But it could have been worse, Bill Terry, Carleo’s defense attorney, told reporters today after Carleo admitted his guilt in the Dec. 9 Suncoast robbery.
If Carleo hadn’t taken the deal offered to him by the Clark County District Attorney’s office and had gone to trial and been convicted of multiple felony counts on each robbery, “it could have been up to life,” Terry said outside the courtroom where Carleo was arraigned Thursday for the Suncoast robbery.
During the arraignment, Carleo pleaded guilty to felony counts in the Suncoast robbery, where he brandished a handgun while robbing a cashier’s cage that was near where a poker tournament had been taking place.
Carleo used the same tactics a few nights later, where he also brandished a handgun, went into the craps pit area of the Bellagio and took about $1.5 million in casino chips, including many cranberry-colored $25,000 chips. In both robberies, he wore a full-faced motorcycle helmet and got away on a black motorcycle.
Carleo is scheduled to be sentenced for the Bellagio heist on Aug. 23 and for the Suncoast robbery on Aug. 25.