WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man pleaded guilty today to an armed robbery at a convenience store in Newton, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Jorge Correa, 25, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of robbery. In his plea, Correa admitted that on Feb. 4, 2020, he and two co-defendants robbed the EZ Trip at 100 S. Main in Newton, Kan. Both Correa and another man were armed when they entered the store. Correa had a military style rifle. The clerk gave them cash, but Correa demanded more. While the clerk was getting money from her purse, Correa fired several shots that hit the ceiling, aisle displays and an ATM machine.
Co-defendant Rico Montes is set for a change of plea hearing Sept. 30. Co-defendant Jeremiah Urias is set for a change of plea hearing Sept. 28.
Correa is set for sentencing Dec. 8. He could face a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. McAllister commended the FBI, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Newton Police Department and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger 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.