VIRGINIA BEACH -- A Virginia Beach man convicted of robbing a convenience store and cashing a stolen scratch lottery ticket was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.

55-year-old Kenneth Huff Jr. was found guilty in April and the jury recommended that sentence, Commonwealth's Attorney spokeswoman Macie Pridgen told

Authorities say Huff and another man robbed Miller Mart at Lynnhaven Parkway and Indian River Road in the early morning hours of May 18, 2011.

They stole the employee's cell phone and took lottery tickets and cash from the register, investigators said.

Surveillance cameras in a Food Lion showed Huff cashing one of those tickets. Huff was also linked to the robbery after his fingerprint was found on one of the lottery tickets left behind on the floor of the Miller Mart, prosecutors said.

Huff was convicted and sentenced for Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Wearing a Mask in Public and Conspiracy.

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