06/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 15:28
WICHITA, KAN. -A Topeka man pleaded guilty Monday to robbing a Casey's General Store, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.
Maroleno Devon Ryland, 34, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to as charged to one count of commercial robbery. On Feb. 2, 2017, an employee of Casey's General Store at 600 S.E. Rice Road in Topeka reported a man with a gun threatened to kill him unless he turned over store deposits he was taking to the bank. Soon after the robbery, a Topeka police officer saw Ryland and co-defendant Christopher Allen Bush, 26, Topeka, Kan., sitting in a vehicle together. Later, police stopped another car in which Ryland was a passenger. They arrested Ryland and seized cash from the robbery.
Co-defendant Bush is set for a change of plea hearing June 26.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 18. He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Beall commended the FBI, the Topeka Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.