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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wichita Man Sentenced In Commercial Robberies

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man who robbed three stores was sentenced Tuesday to 84 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Willie Smith, 39, 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 took 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.

McAllister commended the Wichita Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind for their work on the case.

 

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Updated October 9, 2019