FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - December 2, 2008
ROBBER PLEADS TO GUN CHARGE
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court here yesterday KEITH ROBERT WEBSTER, 23, of Durham, North Carolina pled guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, to possession of a sawed-off shotgun not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 1, 1008. On July 22, 2008, WEBSTER robbed two individuals and attempted to rob a third person with a sawed-off shotgun. The first robbery was located at a Wachovia in Raleigh. WEBSTER backed his car in near the victim, pointed the shotgun at the victim and demanded money. Later that day, WEBSTER robbed a victim at a carwash. The victim was vacuuming out his car when WEBSTER came up to the victim, took the victim’s wallet from his pocket and took all the money from the wallet. The final victim that day, was sitting in a Bank of America drive through. WEBSTER pulled his car along side the victim’s car. WEBSTER then motioned for the victim to roll down her window and pointed a shotgun at the victim. The victim rolled up the car windows and locked the doors. WEBSTER drove away.
Mr. Holding commented: “We are pleased to join with ATF in the prosecution of this case. This defendant went on a one-day crime spree that jeopardized the safety and security of several businesses and a number of our fellow citizens. This prosecution is another success in our Project Safe Neighborhood Program.”
Sentencing is set for the March 9, 2009, term of Court.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.
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