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June 20, 2012

Pair faces federal robbery, firearms charges in robbery of KFC

Two Wichita men accused of robbing a fast food restaurant and firing at Wichita Police officers have been charged in federal court in Wichita.

Two Wichita men accused of robbing a fast food restaurant and firing at Wichita Police officers have been charged in federal court in Wichita.

James L. Adamson, 49, and Paul F. Sifuentez, 55, are charged with one count of robbery, one count using a firearm in a crime of violence and one count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Sifuentez is also charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.

The pair are accused of robbing the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 1251 S. Woodlawn on June 7. During a police pursuit, authorities said, Sifuentez fired three shots at pursuing officers.

If convicted of robbery, the maximum penalty is 20 years and a fine up to $250,000. On the charge of using a firearm in a crime of violence and the charge of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, Adamson faces up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. Because of his previous history, Sifuentez faces a mandatory penalty of 25 years and a fine up to $250,000.

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