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Man shot during robbery attempt pleads guilty to federal charges

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man shot by a store clerk during a robbery attempt last year has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Joseph Ryan Anderson admitted to robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

In November, Anderson tried to rob the Wrightsville Country Store in Wilmington with a semi-automatic handgun. Instead, the store clerk, Mark Headstrong, pulled out a gun of his own and shot Anderson in the leg and hand when Anderson refused to put down his gun.

Anderson faces up to 20 years in prison for robbery and up to life in prison on the gun charge.

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