WICHITA, KN (STL.News) A Wichita man pleaded guilty today in connection with a series of armed robberies, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Brelen Vonfange, 28, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery. In his plea, VonFange admitted doing a robbery at a Kwik Shop at 3601 E. 47th South, as well as brandishing a firearm during another robbery at a QuikTrip at K-15 and 31st South.
In addition, VonFange admitted committing other robberies that will be considered during sentencing. Those include robberies at a Kwik Shop at 710 W. 29th and a Kwik Shop at 3959 S. Hydraulic.
In September, co-defendant Shaiquille Harris, 26, Wichita, Kan., was sentenced to 115 months in federal prison. Harris admitted driving Vonfange to the robberies.
Sentencing for Vonfange is set for Feb. 17. He could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the robbery charge, as well as a penalty of not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of brandishing a firearm.
McAllister commended the Wichita Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind for their work on the case.