Guilty plea, sentencing in home invasion and drug holdup

Criminal complaints were unsealed today against Allen Prout, left, and Kiplagatt Stewart, right. (Photos from West Warwick Police)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence man has pleaded guilty on criminal charges related to a home invasion at a drug stash house, and a co-conspirator of his has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Allen Prout, 43, pleaded guilty Thursday at U.S. District Court to two counts of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the office of federal district attorney Peter Neronha. Prout also admitted to the court he took part in a holdup in 2012.

“Hobbs Act” robbery criminal charges involve robbery or extortion in commerce.

Prout admitted to the court that in June 2014, he and a friend took possession of firearms they intended to use to commit a home invasion at a drug stash house in Providence. They thought drugs and cash were being stored there. After the firearms were delivered, with the criminal intent known, ATF agents arrested Prout and co-defendent Emmett Blyden, 45, also of Providence.

Furthermore, in September 2012, Prout told the court he and Kiplagatt Stewart, 41, of Providence, conspired to rob an individual of money at gunpoint. The victim intended to buy a batch of oxycodone pills with the cash. Prout and Stewart posted as drug dealers to get into the victim’s house, and stole the $14,000 in cash from the person at gunpoint.

Stewart pleaded guilty in June, and on Oct. 22 he was sentenced to 7 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years supervised release.

Prout will be sentenced Feb. 2, 2016. Blyden will be sentenced Jan. 5.

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