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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 18, 2019

Topeka Man Pleads Guilty To Attempted Robbery at Liquor Store

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man pleaded guilty today to an attempted robbery at a liquor store, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Joseph Bryant Toole, III, 36, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery of a commercial business. In his plea, he admitted that on Nov. 2, 2018, he and a juvenile male attempted a robbery at Lynn’s Liquor, 3335 SW Gage Blvd. in Topeka. However, the door was locked and they were unable to enter the business. They were wearing blue bandanas over their faces and carrying what appeared to be a handgun.

Investigators were able to identify a vehicle that led them to the defendant.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 24. He could face a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. McAllister commended the FBI, the Topeka Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.

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Updated November 18, 2019