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Wichita Man Pleads Guilty in Armed Robbery

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

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing a drug store in east Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Ryan B. Schmidt, 34, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of commercial robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery. In his plea, he admitted that on Sept. 4, 2014, he entered Gessler’s Drug Store at 4817 E. Douglas in Wichita, brandished a gun and told an employee to give him prescription drugs. He fled the store with seven bottles of hydrocodone and three bottles of promethazine in a plastic bag.

Schmidt was involved in a high speed chase with police before hitting a utility pole and another vehicle and coming to a stop.

Sentencing is set for March 9. Both parties have agreed to recommend to the judge a sentence between 14 and 25 years in federal prison.

Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger for their work on the case.

Updated December 18, 2014