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A judge sentenced a Lincoln man to 40 to 80 years in prison Wednesday for the armed robbery of two Burger King restaurants in less than a week in 2017.

Jeremiah Nation, 28, was on parole for robberies in Omaha at the time.

Last month, a jury found Nation guilty.

At trial, a 19-year-old woman testified how she and a co-worker were on a break behind the Burger King at 48th and Holdrege streets just before 11 p.m. June 26, 2017, when a man pointed a gun at them and led them to the safe.

The thief got away with some cash and a bunch of rolled quarters.

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Lincoln police arrested Nation after a similar armed robbery four days later at the Burger King at 48th and Van Dorn streets.

They found him inside a black Dodge Charger, like one that a witness spotted a man in all black with a white plastic bag getting into, parked in a driveway about a mile away.

Police said they found a black BB gun and a large amount of loose cash, including rolls of quarters, some of it in a bank deposit bag with Burger King paperwork inside, hidden in a vent in his room, according to court records.

On Wednesday, Lancaster County District Judge Andrew Jacobsen found Nation to be a habitual criminal, meaning he'll have to serve 30 years before he's eligible for parole.

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