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THURSDAY - June 12, 2008


RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced RYAN MERCEDES ROGERS, 22, of Wilson, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment and five years supervised release following his term of confinement for interference with commerce by threats and violence, and aiding and abetting; and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and aiding and abetting.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 17, 2007 and on March 10, 2008, ROGERS pled guilty. On June 19, 2007, ROGERS, along with co-defendant, Dariel Pittman, entered International Styles in Wilson, North Carolina and robbed, at gunpoint, the store owner of money and store merchandise. ROGERS and Pittman fled the scene in the stolen store vehicle. Police were summoned and after the stolen vehicle crashed, Pittman was arrested. A stolen Taurus .25 caliber pistol was found in the vehicle. ROGERS was later apprehended.

ROGERS is a felon with previous convictions that include, felony breaking and entering, felony sale of cocaine and felony attempted common law robbery.

“This case is another example of why we continue the work of our Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program so aggressively. Armed and violent offenders have no place in our communities and we are working very hard with our PSN partners to remove these offenders from our midst,” stated Mr. Holding.

Pittman, ROGERS’ accomplice, is scheduled for sentencing in this matter in July.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.


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