Gunman Pleads Guilty in Christmas Eve Clerk's Killing
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A 45-year-old man accused of killing a Topeka liquor store clerk during a Christmas Eve holdup has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Phejf8 ) federal prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of murder and robbery against Matthew Daniel Myers following his plea Thursday. Both sides will request a sentence of 33 years.
Authorities said Myers was wearing a stocking cap and pajama pants and carrying a crowbar when he entered Hudson Liquor last Dec. 24. He demanded money from 41-year-old clerk Matthew Hill, who tried to retrieve a .38-caliber pistol from a drawer.
Myers hit Hill with the crowbar, seized the pistol and shot him three times. A surveillance camera captured the shooting.
Myers pleaded guilty to one count of firing a gun during a violent crime.