Suspect in West Lafayette robberies changes plea minutes before trial begins

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Jacob Rufus Lumbley

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (September 1, 2015)   One of the suspects in a string of Village Pantry and Speedway gas station robberies last year in the West Lafayette area changed his plea just minutes before his trial was set to begin.

Jacob Rufus Lumbley pleaded guilty Tuesday to 14 charges before his jury selection for his trial was set to begin, according to a release from Tippecanoe County Prosecutor.

Lumbley, 34, admitted to robbing the Village Pantry at Sixth and Union streets on November 5, as well as the Speedway Gas Station in the 1900 block of Elmwood Avenue on November 1.

He is one of four defendants in this particular Village Pantry robbery and one of two defendants in the Speedway robbery.

Lumbley will be sentenced at 10 a.m. on October 26.