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RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced KEITH ROBERT WEBSTER, 23, of Durham, North Carolina, to 87 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 1, 2008. On December 1, 2008, WEBSTER pled guilty to possession of a sawed-off shotgun not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

On July 22, 2008, in Raleigh, WEBSTER robbed two people armed with a sawed-off shotgun and attempted to rob a third individual. The first robbery occurred at the Wachovia Bank on New Bern Avenue. WEBSTER backed his car in near the victim, pointed his gun at the victim and demanded money. Later that day, WEBSTER robbed a second victim at a carwash. The victim was vacuuming out a car when WEBSTER came up to the victim, took the victim’s wallet and took all the money from the wallet. The final victim that day, was sitting in a Bank of America drive-thru. WEBSTER pulled his car along side the victim’s car. WEBSTER then motioned for the victim to roll down the window and pointed a shotgun at the victim. The victim rolled up the car windows and locked the doors. WEBSTER drove away.

Mr. Holding commented, “Armed robbery is a violent crime that has a strong psychological effect on its victims. The defendant went on a robbery spree in which he pointed a sawed-off shot gun at the victims demanding their money. The Court’s upward departure in determining the sentence denotes the serious nature of the offenses and we are pleased with the outcome. We hope this will send a strong message that deters others who contemplate armed robbery.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) 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 Jane Jackson served as prosecutor for the government.

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