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Gas station robber sentenced to 40 months in prison

Brandon Dudley

A 22-year-old will serve more than three years in prison for robbing two Austin gas stations.

Brandon Lee Dudley of Austin was sentenced in Mower County District Court Thursday to 40 months in prison for robbing Casey’s General Store on Aug. 31, 2015, and Ankeny’s Mini-Mart on Aug. 24, 2015.

He was originally charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon, but he later took a plea deal for second-degree aggravated robbery.

According to court complaints, Dudley allegedly walked into Casey’s, located at 1702 12th St. SW, with a navy blue or black drawstring bag on Aug. 31.

He allegedly wore a light gray hooded sweatshirt, a white T-shirt, dark pants, dark shoes, sunglasses, a black mask and carried a semi-automatic gun.

Witnesses saw him run into a minivan after the Casey’s robber, and one of the employees later recognized Dudley’s voice, according to the complaint.

Police later located several clothing items in the middle of the road at County Road 28 near Fourth Drive Southwest.

An officer found a black glove a few days later, which police later matched with another glove found inside a minivan during a traffic stop.

In addition, numerous people came forward with tips after identifying Dudley’s shoes and drawstring bag, according to the complaint.

Dudley was also sentenced Thursday to 28 days in jail with credit for 28 days served for misdemeanor disorderly conduct-brawling or fighting stemming from a March 31 incident.

He was also convicted in 2015 of providing false information or violating his registration as a predatory offender, a felony.