FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - June 3, 2008
ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday in federal court MARCUS ROBERT WILLIAMS, 22, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to robbery of a business in interstate commerce (Hobbs Act) and brandishing a firearm during a federal violent felony.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 5, 2007.On May 10, 2007, WILLIAMS and his partner, Simon Perez Faison, entered the Community Mart located on Old Stage Road in Raleigh. While Faison pointed a rifle at the store clerk, WILLIAMS pulled the money out of the cash register. WILLIAMS then demanded the rest of the money and the clerk turned over a bank bag. After the robbery, WILLIAMS and Faison fled in a car, but were stopped by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. WILLIAMS ran after the car stop and was later identified from the store video surveillance. Found in the car was the firearm used in the robbery and the stolen money. “In Raleigh and the Wake County area, we have seen a spike in the number of violent robberies over the last six months. I want to take this opportunity to impress upon those who might entertain the idea of committing a violent robbery, emphasis is being placed on federal prosecution of these cases and we will prosecute to the fullest extent,” warned United States Attorney Holding.
For the charge of robbery WILLIAMS faces up to 20 years imprisonment followed by three years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. For brandishing a firearm, WILLIAMS faces a minimum term of imprisonment of seven years consecutive to any other sentence served and up to life, up to five years supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is set for September 8, 2008.
Investigation of the case was conducted by North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson is prosecution for the government.
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