Man accused of robbing Dara’s pleads guilty

By Tim Weideman

A Manhattan man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a charge of aggravated robbery from an incident that occurred in November 2013 at the Dara’s Fast Lane at 1816 Claflin Road.

Travis Bowman, 23, appeared in Riley County District Court in front of Judge Meryl Wilson for a competency hearing. Bowman was held at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility from Dec. 31 until May 1 while an evaluation of his mental health was completed.

Bowman’s evaluation was submitted in court Tuesday and he was found to be competent, Senior Deputy County Attorney Barry Disney said later that afternoon.

Bowman then waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He followed that by pleading guilty to one count of aggravated robbery as part of an agreement.

Disney said prosecutors agreed to drop two charges of theft in exchange for Bowman’s guilty plea.

“That was the only term of the agreement,” Disney said.

The theft charges were originally filed because Bowman took money from the convenience store clerk and left in the clerk’s pickup truck, according to prosecutors.

Bowman is scheduled to be sentenced on June 23 at 2:30 p.m. Because he has two prior robbery convictions from other states, Bowman faces a presumptive prison sentence of 18 years, Disney said.

Bowman is currently confined in the Riley County Jail.

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