Man pleads to string of SC restaurant holdups

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A man facing weapons and conspiracy charges in a string of Lowcountry holdups over several years has pleaded guilty in federal court.

The Post and Courier reports (http://bit.ly/VMzkPa) that 33-year-old Christopher Donnell Simmons of Wadmalaw Island pleaded guilty on Monday to four counts including weapons and conspiracy charges.

The indictment included counts stemming from the holdups of more than a dozen Asian restaurants and check-cashing stores from 2009 through 2011. Authorities say the robberies took place over a wide area from Walterboro to Holly Hill.

As part of a plea agreement, Simmons must make restitution and cooperate with authorities. Two other men charged in the robberies face trial in federal court in Charleston this week.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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