- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for stealing prescription drugs during an armed robbery.

The U.S. attorney’s office said that 34-year-old Ryan B. Schmidt was sentenced Thursday for commercial robbery and brandishing a firearm.

Prosecutors say he used a gun when he ordered a Gessler’s Drug Store employee to give him medication in September. He fled with seven bottles of the painkiller hydrocodone and three bottles of the antihistamine promethazine.

Police say he led officers on a high-speed chase before hitting a utility pole and another vehicle.

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