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Phoenix man enters guilty plea on robberies

A Phoenix man who held up three fast-food restaurants using a fake gun in November pleaded guilty Friday to robbery charges, officials said.

Alec Thomas Giese, 19, of the 200 block of Jared Court, is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 21 at Jackson County Circuit Court, according to Jackson County Senior District Attorney Tim Barnack.

Giese pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree robbery. The charge carries a mandatory prison sentence of 5 years and 10 months.

"He has to serve the entire 70 months; he doesn't get out a day earlier than that," Barnack said.

The sentences on each charge will most likely run at the same time, Barnack said.

In November, Giese robbed a Medford Burger King, a White City Taco Bell and a Phoenix Jack In the Box. He made off with more than $600 in the Burger King and Jack In the Box heists, Barnack said.

During the Taco Bell robbery an employee could not open the cash register and Giese left without money, police said.

"We never actually found a gun, and don't necessarily believe he ever used a real one," Barnack said. "Otherwise, he would be doing significantly more prison time if a real gun was used."

Giese, who admitted to police he has a drug problem, does not have a history of violent crime, Barnack said.

"This was a little spree he went on," Barnack said. "And he'll be doing more than five years for it."

Phoenix man enters guilty plea on robberies