- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - A man has admitted to pistol-whipping two people and shooting a gas station attendant during more than a dozen armed robberies at gas stations and convenience stores in northern New Jersey.

David Thomas Jr. faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to 13 counts - including attempted murder- under a plea deal.

Authorities say the 22-year-old Lodi man was the ringleader in a slew of robberies in Teaneck, East Rutherford, Wallington, Garfield, Ridgefield Park, Lodi, Carlstadt and Hackensack from March 2014 to January 2016.

His plea came before his potential indictment, which prosecutors say is uncommon.

Thomas’ sentencing is scheduled for December. His attorney declined to comment.

Seven people have been charged in the case. None have been indicted.

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