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The Weapon was a BB Gun But the Robberies were Real

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man pleaded guilty Monday and admitted he robbed three stores, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Willie Smith, 38, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of robbery. In his plea, he admitted that in 2018 he robbed the QuikTrip store at 1532 S. Seneca. He showed the clerk what appeared to be a revolver before demanding money. Later, when investigators searched his apartment, they found a black BB gun they believe Smith used in three robberies.

At sentencing, the court also will take into account as relevant conduct two other robberies Smith committed in 2018. Smith robbed the Express Mart at 565 S. Market. During the robbery, he showed the clerk what appeared to be a revolver. Smith also robbed Pete’s Liquor at 332 W. Harry. During the robbery, he pulled out what appeared to be a revolver.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 26. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. McAllister commended the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind for their work on the case.

Updated June 10, 2019