Crime & Courts

Wichita man gets prison time for liquor store robbery attempt

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A Wichita man shot while trying to rob a Park City liquor store this spring was ordered Monday to serve seven years in federal prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Michael Ray Phillips Jr., 37, received the sentence after pleading guilty to one count of brandishing a firearm during a commercial robbery. Prosecutors say Phillips and another man, Roland Donell Ross, were both armed when they held up MGS Liquor Store, 6200 N. Broadway, and threatened the employee inside on May 24.

When confronted, a store employee pulled his own gun and fired twice, striking Phillips in the chest. Phillips fled while the employee held Ross at gunpoint and waited for police to arrive, Beall said.

Phillips was arrested when he sought treatment for the wound at a Kansas City hospital.

Phillips pleaded guilty to the charge in August, according to court records. His co-defendant, Ross, will be sentenced Thursday on one count of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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