Crime & Courts

Wichita man sentenced to 18 years in prison for six robberies

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A Wichita man was sentenced on Wednesday to more than 18 years in prison following a crime spree last summer.

Delbert Jelks, 51, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated robbery and three counts of robbery for six crimes committed on three different days last June and July, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said in a prepared statement.

Jelks robbed Family Dollar, 370 E. 13th St., and Dollar General, 1919 E. Pawnee, on June 19; JoAnn’s Fabrics, 3665 N. Rock Road, and Trio’s, 1900 N. Rock Road, on June 26; and Tillie’s Flowers, 715 N. West St., and Wichita Inn, 3741 N. Rock Road, on July 3, Bennett said.

Sedgwick County District Judge Terry Pulliam sentenced Jelks to 221 months in prison and ordered Jelks to repay $149 to Trio’s, $94.50 to Tillie’s and $438 to the Wichita Inn. Jelks’ attorney, James Mamalis, told the judge that his client committed the crimes so he could buy cocaine.

Jelks carried a 10-inch butcher knife during his robberies of the florist, the hotel and the fabric store, Bennett said.

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