A parolee from Arizona who robbed two area convenience stores less than three months after his release from prison was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday.

Silas Alan Hayes, 35, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery Friday in the May 2016 robbery at a convenience store at 905 Hewitt Drive.

A 54th State District Court jury recommended a sentence of 40 years in prison after convicting Hayes in May of robbing another convenience store later the same morning in the 6800 block of Sanger Avenue.

As part of his plea bargain with prosecutors, Hayes pleaded guilty in the first robbery Friday and agreed to waive an appeal in his conviction in May.

Hayes, who was released from an Arizona prison about three months before the robberies in Waco, must serve at least 22 1/2 years in prison before he can seek parole.

Employees at both convenience stores reported the man who robbed their businesses was armed with a pistol. Waco police officers arrested Hayes later that morning after spotting a car matching the description of one used by the robber.

Prosecutor Evan O'Donnell told the court Sgt. John Allovio and other Waco officers that night should be credited with Hayes' quick arrest and successful prosecution because of the jobs they did that night.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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