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TUESDAY - October 27, 2009

RALEIGH ROBBER RECEIVES 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on October 23, 2009, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced RICHARD LEE ADAMS, 20, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 240 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for aiding and abetting robbery of a business in interstate commerce, using and carrying a firearm during a federal crime of violence, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on January 2, 2008. On May 4, 2009, ADAMS pled guilty.

On November 4, 2007, ADAMS committed armed robbery of the Bell Tower Mart on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, North Carolina. On November 6, 2007, Raleigh Police Officers received a tip regarding drug dealing in the area of Cumberland and Hightower Streets. Officers observed what appeared to be a drug deal occurring and stopped ADAMS. A .22 caliber revolver was found in ADAMS’ pocket when officers searched him. Also, ADAMS’ description matched that of the person wanted in the robberies.

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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