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District of Kansas

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Manhattan Man Pleads Guilty To Armed Robbery

TOPEKA, KAN. – A man from Manhattan, Kan., has pleaded guilty to taking part in an armed robbery that set in motion a series of events leading ultimately to a deadly arson in which a Kansas State University researcher died, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Dennis James Denzien, 20, Manhattan, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting a robbery. In his plea, Denzien admitted that on Feb. 6, 2013, he drove co-defendant Frank Joseph Hanson to Dara’s Fast Lane at 1816 Claflin Road in Manhattan. Wearing a mask and brandishing a revolver, Hanson entered the store. After Hanson robbed the store, Denzien drove him away from the scene of the robbery.

Later that day, Riley County Police Department officers served two search warrants at a residence where Denzien lived with another defendant, Patrick Martin Scahill. Ultimately, investigators recovered a mask, gloves, a backpack and a firearm used in the robbery.

Updated December 15, 2014