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Man gets 11 years for robbing Bemidji store

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Jason Lee King, 22, has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for robbing a convenience Bemidji convenience store, according to the office of B. Todd Jones, U.S. attorney for Minnesota.

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In his plea agreement, King admitted that he stole $1,500 from Newby's Market on Dec. 30, 2011 and threatened a cashier with a loaded, short-barreled shotgun.

He pleaded guilty on June 11 to one count of interference with commerce by robbery, pursuant to the Hobbs Act, and one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

According to law enforcement affidavit, King was one of two masked males armed with a shotgun and a knife who robbed Newby's Market just before 9 p.m. Dec. 30, 2011. They fled in a blue pickup, and, when spotted by police, ran into the woods.

King and a juvenile were later arrested. Police found $1,420 in cash in the pickup.

The Hobbs Act, passed in 1946, allows federal prosecutors to go after violent, habitual criminals who rob places of business involved in interstate commerce, according to Jones' office. Federal prosecution mean penalties are often tougher, and there is no parole so felons serve virtually their entire sentence.

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