Not guilty plea entered for man involved in robbery, shooting

FAIRBANKS, Alaska The last of four suspects in a robbery that ended with the victim being shot pleaded not guilty in court today.

33-year old John Paul Gardiner is charged with robbery, assault and other counts in connection with an incident earlier this year that resulted in someone being shot.

According to charging documents, in the early morning hours of March 8th, Joshua Delain called 911 to report he had been shot. An investigation into the incident revealed that Amanda Littlejohn asked Gardiner, Robert Lee Hsu and Darrion Erickson to help her rob Delain to collect an alleged debt.

The group met Delain for what he though was a drug deal. When Gardiner got into Delain's vehicle, Hsu approached from the outside with a gun. Delain then attempted to drive away but Hsu shot him through the window. Gardiner jumped out of the vehicle after taking five grams of meth from Delains car and the defendants then fled the scene.
Delain drove to his house where he called the police, his injuries were not life threatening.

Hsu, Erickson and Littlejohn had previously been arrested and entered not guilty pleas.