A Topeka man in federal court on Tuesday pleaded guilty to robbing two businesses earlier this year, including a Dollar General in Manhattan.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office, Christopher Wilhoite, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of commercial robbery and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a robbery.
In his plea, Wilhoite admitted that, on April 16, he robbed Dollar General, 2321 Tuttle Creek Blvd.
While inside the store, Wilhoite pointed a gun at a clerk and said, “Hey, I need money.”
He put the clerk and another employee in a bathroom at gunpoint and told them to count to 200 while he fled the store.
Wilhoite also admitted that, on March 29, he robbed a clerk at Car Toyz, a Topeka store that sells mobile audio, video and vehicle security systems.
Wilhoite took money from the register and the clerk, then put electronic items in a bag. After noticing a surveillance camera, he forced the clerk to show him the recorder, which he also placed in the bag.
Investigators later found his fingerprints in the store.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 21. Both parties have agreed to recommend a 12-year sentence in federal prison.