Man pleads guilty in S. Hydraulic convenience store homicide

01/23/2014 12:17 PM

08/08/2014 10:21 AM

A Wichita man pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of second-degree murder in the Nov. 17 shooting death of a customer during the robbery of the BD Convenience Store at 1601 S. Hydraulic.

Prosecutors amended the first-degree murder charge against Jackson Bryant, 19, but will recommend that he serve a term of more than 63 years in prison. He will be sentenced March 6 by District Judge Faith Maughan.

Bryant also pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and two counts of criminal damage to property.

Wichita police said Bryant shot Jeffrey Michael Jones, 29, after pointing a gun at a convenience store clerk and demanding money. Jones, a frequent visitor to the store at Harry and Hydraulic, was shot once in the head. Bryant left without any money.

Prosecutor Mandee Schauf said the evidence against Bryant included video from a store security camera and a taped statement that he gave to police after his arrest.

Police said Bryant was apprehended a few blocks from the store after firing several shots in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of South Greenwood. Two vehicles parked on Greenwood were struck by bullets.

In his application for a court-appointed lawyer, Bryant said he was homeless and had not held a job during the three months before his arrest. He said in court that he had completed nine years of schooling.

In addition to the convenience store shooting, Bryant pleaded guilty Thursday to the Nov. 16 robbery of a Dollar General store in the 4500 block of East Pawnee. Wichita police said the robber in that case showed a black automatic handgun to the clerk and left with about $150 in cash.

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