FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - March 10, 2008
WILSON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBERY AND FIREARM CHARGES
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E. B. Holding announced that in federal court today RYAN MERCEDES ROGERS, 27, of Wilson, North Carolina, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge James C. Dever, III. ROGERS, a convicted felon, pleaded guilty to robbery of a business affecting interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000, and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to the robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c), which carries a maximum penalty of not less than 7 years nor more than life in prison, 5 years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is set for June, 2008.
On June 19, 2007, ROGERS and Dariel Pittman entered International Styles located on Goldsboro Street in Wilson, North Carolina. While Dariel Pittman pointed a firearm at the store owner, both ROGERS and Pittman proceeded to rob the store. At one point during the robbery, Pittman handed the gun to ROGERS while they were emptying out the cash register. After the robbery, ROGERS and Pittman fled the scene in a car owned by the store proprietor. After a high speed chase with law enforcement officers, ROGERS wrecked the victims’s car and fled from the scene where he was subsequently arrested.
This case was investigated 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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