A federal grand jury has indicted three Lawrence men this week in connection with a string of robberies at three liquor stores and a fast food restaurant in January.
Anthony T. Vann, 20, Andre D. Newman, 20, and Matthew W. Headley, 22, were originally charged in Douglas County District Court. Prosecutors here shifted the cases to Topeka because federal penalties for crimes involving firearms are more severe than state penalties for the same crimes.
Newman allegedly robbed Koleber Retail Liquor, 1805 W. Second, on Jan. 15. On Jan. 19, Newman and Vann allegedly robbed Spirit Liquor, 600 Lawrence Ave., with Chaz Green, 18, and Headley. According to grand jury indictments, the four men attempted to rob Linda's Liquors, 3032 Iowa, that same night and later drove to Cork & Barrel Wine & Spirits, 1410 Kasold. That store wasn't robbed, and indictments allege the men chose Spirit Liquor over Cork & Barrel.
The indictments are allegations of criminal activity.
The grand jury also indicted Headley for a Jan. 7 robbery at Taco John's, 1101 W. Sixth. He faces up to 40 years in prison for two counts of obstructing, delaying or affecting commerce by robbery, 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit an armed robbery and 45 years for using a firearm during the robberies.
Vann and Newman face up to 40 years each in federal prison for obstructing commerce by robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Vann faces an additional 25 years for using a firearm, and Newman faces an additional 45 years for using a firearm.
If convicted, the men won't be eligible for parole until their prison terms expire.
Willie D. Paul, 19, pleaded guilty to robbery charges on July 21 for his involvement in the Koleber Retail Liquor robbery. He faces a 20-year prison term and Judge Sam Crow will sentence him on Oct. 16.
A grand jury indicted Green in February for his alleged involvement in the Koleber Retail Liquor and Spirit Liquor robberies. He faces 40 years in prison without parole for the robberies if convicted.