A Wichita man was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison this week after pleading guilty to five armed robberies.
James L. Simmons Jr., 53, previously pleaded guilty to the robberies, two of which occurred in November 2010 and three last May. He also pleaded guilty to threatening clerks with violence, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. He was sentenced Wednesday to 188 months in prison.
According to a news release, Simmons pleaded guilty to robbing these businesses: Harry Street Liquor, 3120 E. Harry, on Nov. 10, 2010; Tocs Coffeehouse, 1519 George Washington Blvd., Nov. 16, 2010; QuikTrip, 1610 E. Lincoln, May 14, 2011; Dollar General Store, 2747 E. Boulevard Plaza, May 15, 2011 and Valero, 731 N. Ridge, May 24, 2011.