A Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in federal prison for robbing a Kentucky Fried Chicken and shooting at police as he tried to get away.
Paul F. Sifuentez, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery, one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In his plea, Sifuentez admitted that on June 7, he robbed the KFC at 1251 S. Woodlawn. During the robbery, he threatened employees with a firearm. He fled the store in a car driven by co-defendant James L. Adamson of Wichita.
When two officers in a patrol car stopped the robbers near the store, Adamson pulled into a parking lot at the Woodlawn Baptist Church. As one of the officers got out of the patrol car, Sifuentez leaned out of his window and pointed a handgun at her. He fired three shots, shattering the glass on the officer’s car door and narrowly missing the officer, before he and Adamson drove away.
The getaway car was found abandoned at the Governeour Manor Apartments at 7025 E. Lincoln. Sifuentez was arrested after he was found hiding at the apartment complex. Adamson was arrested later when he returned to his home in the 4400 block of East Boston Street.
In January, Adamson was sentenced to five years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting a robbery.