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TUESDAY - March 31, 2009


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday SAMUEL KEITH KERR, II, 22, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced before Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox to 360 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery and to aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $1,879.00.

A Criminal Information was filed on October 8, 2008. KERR pled guilty on December 8, 2008. Between July 5, 2008, and July 9, 2008, KERR and two co-conspirators robbed several convenience stores and a Mexican restaurant. In all of the robberies, KERR and one of his co-conspirators would enter the store with bandanas over their faces and long-sleeved hooded sweatshirts. The co-defendant would be carrying a .380 handgun while KERR took the cash drawer from the register. The stores included a Rite Aid Drug Store, the Stop 1 Market, the Lighthouse Food mart, and the Tienda Todo Guerrenrense Mexican Restaurant, all in Raleigh. KERR admitted that he and his co-conspirators had robbed over 30 individuals and businesses during the year period.

Mr. Holding commented, “My office continues to be concerned about the extraordinarily high level of armed robberies in Raleigh and in Wake County. The sentenced handed down today is proof that we are taking this trend seriously and we plan to continue working with the Wake County District Attorney, the Raleigh Police Department, and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office to reduce these crimes.”

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 Ethan Ontjes served as prosecutor for the government.


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