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WICHITA, KAN. B A Wichita man pleaded guilty Tuesday of brandishing or aiding and abetting another robber who brandished a firearm during a bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
Andre Bryant, 30, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting or brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence. In his plea, he admitted that on June 13, 2016, he and co-defendants robbed the Carson Bank at 4461 E. Douglas in Wichita. Two individuals who were disguised entered the bank, one of them brandishing a firearm. They demanded and received money before fleeing. The money they received contained a global positioning device that police used to track Bryant and the co-defendants and arrest them.
Bryant is set for sentencing April 10. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of 84 months in federal prison.
Co-defendants Raishat Magill and Elijah Shelton are awaiting trial.
Beall commended the Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.