Topeka Man Pleads Guilty In Pizza Holdup

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka man faces prison time for holding up a pizza place.

Alonzo Lax pleaded guilty to robbery and brandishing a firearm. The charges stemmed from a March holdup at the Little Caesars Pizza on SW 6th St.

Lax faces nearly 30 years in prison when he's sentenced August 5th.

Co-defendants in the case are Johnnie McCall, Jordan Lucas and David Wigfall also are charged with that robbery as well as robberies at Dollar General and Baskin Robbins.

News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:
A Topeka man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of robbing a commercial store , U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Thursday.

Alonzo Nathan Lax, 26, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence. In his plea, Lax admitted that on March 1, 2013, he participated in the robbery of Little Caesars Pizza at 2620 SW Sixth, Suite B, in Topeka.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 5. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the robbery charge; and a penalty of not less than seven years, consecutive to the underlying penalty, on the firearms charge.

Co-defendants include:
Johnnie Lee McCall, who is scheduled for a change of plea hearing May 20.
Jordan Christopher Lucas, who is awaiting trial.
David Pierre Wigfall, who is awaiting trial.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.


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