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Spartanburg man sentenced to 60 years for armed robberies

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Lonnie Smith (Source: Spartanburg Co. Solicitor's Office) Lonnie Smith (Source: Spartanburg Co. Solicitor's Office)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg man was sentenced to 60 years behind bars on Wednesday for robbing the same convenience store twice in a 8-day period in 2013.

Lonnie Smith, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for two robberies that occurred on June 29, 2013 and July 7, 2013 at the Kangaroo Express located at 8700 Asheville Highway.

According to the solicitor's office, Smith was confronted by a deputy on a stakeout as he was leaving the store following the second robbery.

Smith then dropped his gun and fled on foot towards Springfield Road, where he was arrested.

During the guilty plea, the clerk involved in the second robbery spoke, telling the judge she is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The solicitor's office said Smith was on parole for armed robbery when he committed the new crimes.

His criminal history involved convictions for second-degree burglary, strong-arm robbery and petty larceny.

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