SIOUX CITY | A Mapleton, Iowa, man was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison for robbing or attempting to rob two stores in Sioux City and another in Correctionville, Iowa.

Jason Marlin, 36, pleaded guilty in Woodbury County District Court to two counts of first-degree theft and a single count of second-degree burglary. All charges included a habitual offender enhancement for Marlin's previous felony convictions, increasing the prison sentences to 15 years on each count.

Following terms of a plea agreement, District Judge Steven Andreasen ordered the three sentences to be served consecutively, or one after another. Marlin must serve at least nine years before he's eligible for parole.

Marlin admitted to robbing or attempting to rob a Sioux City Walgreens store on June 25 and the Valley Stop convenience store in Correctionville, Iowa, and the Kum & Go convenience store at 2930 Gordon Drive in Sioux City, both on July 16.

All three incidents followed the same pattern: Marlin placed an item and cash on the counter as if to make a purchase. When the clerk opened the cash register, Marlin reached across the counter and attempted to grab cash from the cash register drawer. He was able to grab $120 from Kum & Go and an undisclosed amount of cash from Walgreens. He did not get any money from Valley Stop.

Kum & Go clerk Suzanne Warden's arm was hurt during the robbery, and during a victim impact statement given at Marlin's hearing, she said that the incident has changed her.

"What you did to me was take away my dignity and confidence in myself," she said. "Somewhere deep there's something good inside, and I hope you find it."

Marlin said his addiction to methamphetamine played a role in his crime spree.

"I'm truly sorry for what has happened, and meth has really ruined my life," he said.

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