Topeka man pleads guilty in February hold-up

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Topeka man pleaded guilty to federal robbery charges, while his alleged accomplice plans to change his plea soon.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Maroleno Devon Ryland, 34, pleaded guilty to a single count of commercial robbery, stemming from a February robbery of a Topeka convenience store.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said an employee of the Casey's General Store, 600 SE Rice Road, had told investigators a man carrying a gun threatened to kill him unless he handed over the store's deposits, which the employee was taking to the bank.

Shortly thereafter, an officer reported seeing Ryland and another man, who was identified as Christopher Allen Bush, 26, sitting together in a vehicle. Ryland was later stopped while riding in another vehicle and arrested. At that time, police recovered the cash from the robbery.

Ryland's sentencing is set for September 18. He could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine. Bush's change of plea hearing is scheduled for June 26.