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Topeka woman linked to crime spree in Lawrence pleads guilty to federal robbery charge in Wichita

June 4, 2012

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A 22-year-old Topeka woman connected to a crime spree earlier this year in Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita, pleaded guilty to a federal robbery charge Monday.

According to federal court records, Brittany R. Holt entered the plea Monday afternoon in federal court in Wichita.

She and her co-defendant, David B. Johnson, 26, of Lockhart, Texas, were arrested in January after a robbery of a Wichita Subway restaurant and a police chase. Authorities also accused Holt and Johnson of taking part in a Jan. 26 armed robbery at Cirilla’s in Lawrence in which a man with a handgun was accused of taking $108 cash from a clerk at the store and a woman allegedly took lingerie, an adult toy and a set of bondage equipment.

Johnson in March pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and he admitted to taking part in armed robberies in Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita. According to his plea agreement, he said Holt drove him away from law enforcement officers in the Wichita chase before they stopped in Butler County.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Marten is scheduled to sentence Holt Aug. 20. According to court records, Holt’s bond was revoked in late May because she used narcotics and failed to cooperate with drug testing and treatment programs. Johnson’s sentencing is scheduled for June 18.

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