Man, 24, and woman, 45, plead guilty to armed robbery of Wimauma gas station

TAMPA - A man and woman, both from Brandon, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and armed robbery of a gas station in Wimauma, the United States Department of Justice said. 

Jacorian Rashawn Brown, 24, and Jessica Duenas Nicholas, 45, accepted plea agreements based on the charges, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III said in a statement. 

According to the plea agreements, Brown and Nicholas robbed a Murphy USA gas station in Wimauma of more than $10,000 on July 19, 2016. The same day the pair also made a failed attempt to rob a Murphy USA gas station in Gibsonton.

Brown and Nicholas returned to the same Wimauma gas station to attempt another robbery on July 23, 2016. However, they were arrested before the robbery could occur, the plea agreements said. 

Investigators recovered two semiautomatic pistols and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition from inside vehicle the pair was in.

Brown also pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during an armed robbery. He faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison, and Nicholas faces a maximum of 20 years behind bars. A sentencing date has not been set yet.

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