A Wichita man man has been sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for a string of armed robberies in 2018.

The US Attorney’s Office says 39-year-old Willie Smith was sentenced this week after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of robbery. In his plea, he admitted that in 2018 he robbed the QuikTrip at 1532 S. Seneca. He showed the clerk what appeared to be a revolver before demanding money. Later, when investigators searched his apartment, they found a black BB gun they believe Smith used in three robberies.

Smith also robbed the Express Mart at 565 S. Market and Pete’s Liquor at 332 W. Harry. During those robberies he pulled out what appeared to be a revolver.