One of the defendants in a November convenience store robbery entered a no-contest plea Friday morning.
The plea reduces the charge for Kelsie Replogle, 20, from aggravated robbery, a level 3 felony, to robbery, a level 5 felony. Sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled, is recommended at 36 months probation through Community Corrections. No restitution has been recommended.
Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees outlined the events that led to the arrest of Replogle and Jordan Stevens, 27, the night of Nov. 3.
At 11:53 p.m., the Hays Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at Tiger Mart Convenience Store, 335 W. Eighth.
A white male wearing a black hooded jacked and jeans entered the business, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded the cash from the register. After leaving the store, he got into a white four-door passenger car parked on Walnut Street, as an officer observed on surveillance video.
An Ellis County Sheriff’s deputy had seen a vehicle matching that description while responding to the robbery report, and the area where it last was seen was searched. It was located in an alley behind an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Colonial Drive.
Hays police arrested Stevens and Replogle without incident that night.
Stevens told police Replogle drove the vehicle, Drees said.
A search warrant was obtained for the apartment and vehicle. Police recovered a Glock handgun matching the description of the one used in the robbery and $1,085 in cash, $6 less than reported stolen. Clothes matching what the robber was wearing in the surveillance video also were found in the apartment.
Following Friday’s court appearance, Replogle was taken back to jail, where she has been since her arrest.
Defense attorney Olavee Raub told Magistrate Judge Richard Flax that Replogle does have a pending case in Marshall County and asked for sentencing to be scheduled quickly.
A preliminary hearing for Stevens is scheduled next week.