A man who pleaded no contest in the November armed robbery of a convenience store was sentenced Monday afternoon to 55 months in prison.
Jordan Stevens pled no contest in May to a charge of aggravated robbery, a level 3 person felony in Ellis County District Court.
Judge Blake Bittel’s sentence was within the time recommended in the plea agreement. Stevens will have 36 months supervision after release and is eligible for 15 percent good-time credit. He was also given credit for the 220 days he has been in Ellis County Jail since his Nov. 4 arrest.
He did not speak at his sentencing, and neither the owner of Tiger Mart Convenience Store, 335 W. 8th, nor the clerk working during the robbery, Benjamin Moses, were present.
Stevens initially pled not guilty to the charge in February.
In the late-night robbery on Nov. 3, a white man in a hooded jacket and jeans entered the convenience store and stood in line at the register. When the customers had all left the store, he pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded the cash from the register and a cabinet under the counter, Moses testified at the February preliminary hearing.
The man then left the store and got in the passenger side of a Nissan Maxima parked near the store.
Stevens was identified by Moses and by a Hays Police investigator who viewed surveillance footage as the robber.
The car was soon located behind an apartment building in the 2700 block of Colonial, where Stevens and Kelsie Replogle, were arrested. A search warrant resulted in a gun matching the one used in the robbery, clothing that matched what the robber was wearing and more than $1,000 cash.
Replogle, who was identified as the driver of the Nissan, pled no contest to a charge of aggravated robbery in February and was sentenced to 36 months probation.