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Circle K 'cigarette bandit' pleads guilty in connection with spree of armed robberies

Keith Williams, 45 (Source: EBRSO) Keith Williams, 45 (Source: EBRSO)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A Baton Rouge man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a string of armed robberies.

Keith Migual Williams, 45, pleaded guilty Monday, April 17 to five counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Williams faces a significant term in federal prison, in addition to fines, restitution, and forfeiture. His sentencing date has not yet been set.

During Monday's hearing, Williams reportedly admitted to robbing numerous convenience stores in Baton Rouge in less than two weeks during the summer of 2016, including Circle Ks, a Walgreens, and a Cracker Barrel. Williams also admitted to using multiple weapons to commit these robberies, including firearms, a hammer, and pepper spray. He also admitted to forcing cashiers to fill duffel bags with dozens of cartons of cigarettes, worth thousands of dollars. His armed robbery spree ultimately ended with a chase with law enforcement officers.

"For a period of two weeks in the summer of 2016, this defendant's dangerous spree of armed robberies put our community and its citizens in fear. We commend the law enforcement officers who investigated this case, brought these armed robberies to a stop, and worked with us to bring Mr. Williams to justice," said Acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson.  

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