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Serial convenience store robber previously killed a man

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Seven people pleaded guilty this week to a series of convenience store robberies in Milwaukee almost a year ago -- and we're just learning now that one of the defendants killed a man. 

24-year-old Jamere Towns shot his gun into a crowd at a bus stop last November, to get back at someone he fought with earlier on a transit vehicle. Instead, one of his bullets struck and killed 53-year-old Frank Carter, a disabled Navy veteran. His death was made public at the time. 

Towns' admission to it was not disclosed until a federal plea agreement came out. 

He and the other six defendants are all due to be sentenced in December for their involvement in 9 store holdups. They were arrested in January and were charged in federal court, as part of growing trend of federal prosecutions in robbery cases. 

Officials say federal charges carry stronger penalties than state ones. In this instance, state prosecutors agreed not to charge Towns and another man with Milwaukee County charges if they get at least 40 years in prison in their federal cases. That's what the defendants agreed to.