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Man pleads guilty to robbery, assaulting officer

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to robbery and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

The Springfield News-Leader reports 24-year-old David Lee Kerns pleaded guilty last week and will spend 120 days in a boot camp-style program.

According to a probable cause statement, Kerns robbed a Springfield store in July 2013 while armed with a BB gun. The statement says Kerns shook hands with one clerk after the robbery and asked another clerk for a hug.

In another case, police say Kerns attempted to rob another Springfield store by putting his hand under his shirt and pointing his finger like a gun. Police detained Kerns outside of store when he left because the clerk hit him with a baseball bat. Police say he bit an officer on the hand.
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Information from: Springfield News-Leader