A Topeka man pleaded guilty in federal court to driving a getaway car during an armed robbery. That robbery was linked to a shooting that injured a Topeka police detective.
Jermaine Tyrell Patton, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting a commercial robbery and one count of aiding and abetting an armed robbery, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said Tuesday.
In his plea, Patton said he took part in a Nov. 5, 2016, robbery at Oakmark Convenience Store, 2518 N.E. Seward Ave. Patton’s accomplice, Christopher C. Harris, is accused of entering the store and demanding money. Harris was also accused of carrying a firearm.
According to official accounts, Patton was behind the wheel of a blue PT Cruiser when he and Harris fled the scene. When police stopped the car, both men ran. Patton was quickly arrested. Police located Harris, who fired at Topeka police detective Brian Hill, who returned fire. Both were wounded. Hill was expected to make a full recovery, police said at the time. Harris spent 20 days in the hospital recovering from life-threatening gunshot wounds and was charged with attempted capital murder in Shawnee County District Court.
Patton is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 27. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of not less than five years and not more than 15 years, Beall said.