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FRIDAY - April 10, 2009

ROBBERS SENTENCED

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan, sentenced two defendants in a jewelry store and a Food Lion robbery. JERROD ANDREW ELLIOTT and WAYNE TYRONE EASON received 108 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release and 120 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised released, respectively.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 4, 2008. On November 6, 2008, both defendants pled guilty to aiding and abetting a conspiracy to commit robberies of a business in interstate commerce and to using and carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

On April 25, 2008, ELLIOTT, armed with a firearm, and EASON, armed with a knife, robbed Friedman’s Jewelers, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

On May 9, 2008, ELLIOTT, EASON, co-defendant, Jason Small, and another individual robbed a Food Lion, located in Garner, North Carolina. ELLIOTT brandished a firearm, the unnamed individual brandished a knife, while Small operated as a lookout and EASON was the getaway driver. Surveillance video identified Small. EASON and Small were arrested after they attempted to flee the scene. Proceeds from the robbery were found in the areas where EASON and Small were arrested. The firearm was recovered in a hotel room, which ELLIOTT had rented.

Mr. Holding commented, “For the victims who suffer through acts of violent crime, the wounds are difficult to heal. We are grateful that no serious physical harm came to these victims.”

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; the Garner Police Department; and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government

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