TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A man charged in connection with the shootings of two East Topeka convenience store employees in 2011 will be sentenced in July after he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court earlier this month in the case.
Audley Murphy Crable, 30, made the plea to federal possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, according to U.S. District Court records. He is to be sentenced on July 8.
In a plea agreement, Crable and prosecutors said he possessed a .380 caliber pistol during a 13-month period ending December 31, 2011. The pistol was manufactured in Argentina and "thus moved in interstate and foreign commerce," the plea agreement said.
"The defendant was known to possess this firearm after federal agents discovered a picture of the firearm on the defendant's personal cell phone," the plea agreement said.
Crable was prohibited from possessing the pistol after he was convicted in 2007 of felony aggravated assault in Shawnee County, the plea agreement said.
According to the plea agreement, the proposed sentence for Crable is three years in prison followed by two years of supervised release.
The plea agreement was filed in federal district court on April 3.
Crable originally was indicted on one count each of interference with interstate commerce by robbery and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence, according to court records.
On November 19, 2011, the store clerks, who were 30 and 32 at the time, were wounded during the holdup of Mo’s Express, 810 S.E. 15th.
The initial investigation of the Mo’s robbery stopped on June 26, 2013. But on August 18, 2015, Task Force Officer Patrick Salmon with the FBI resumed the investigation.
In a three-month time frame ending in January 2012, three people were shot in the Hudson Crossing strip mall at S.E. 15th and Adams, one fatally.
A fourth victim, the owner and developer of Hudson Crossing, was shot and killed at a South Topeka location.
The two slayings were solved, and the two gunmen were convicted and sentenced.
But the shootings of the two employees at Mo’s Express on November 19, 2011, had remained open for years.
Hudson Crossing also was the site of the shooting death of Matthew Hill, 41, on Christmas Eve 2011 in the Hudson Liquor Store, where Hill was working.
Defendant Matthew Daniel Myers pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and was sentenced to 33 years in prison. As part of the Myers plea, two other charges were dismissed.
On February 28, 2014, Monroe Eugene Lockhart III was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the premeditated first-degree murders of Corey Brown, 39, in 2012 and the cold-case slaying of Damon Anderson, 25, on Valentine’s Day 2000.
Brown, who was shot on Jan. 3, 2012, was Lockhart’s best friend and co-owner with Lockhart of Mo's Express.