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FRIDAY - September 25, 2009

WILSON ARMED ROBBER RECEIVES 20 YEARS FOR
CHARGES RELATED TO HOBBS ACT ROBBERY

RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday United States District Judge Terrence C. Boyle sentenced BRYANT WILLIAM REED, 30, of Wilson, North Carolina to 240 months’ imprisonment.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on September 18, 2008. On June 15, 2009, REED pled guilty to conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery, use and carry of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and unlawful possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

On August 10, 2007, Ali’s Convenient Mart in Wilson, North Carolina, was robbed. The robber entered the store and, while putting a gun to the store clerk’s neck, took money from the cash register drawer and then took the surveillance tape from the machine. The robber forced the store clerk into the bathroom and closed the door. The robber then fired one shot through the bathroom door before leaving the store. Also, on August 15, 2008, REED was found in possession of ammunition despite being a previously convicted felon.

Mr. Holding commented, “We applaud the work of the ATF and the Wilson Police Department in this case. A dangerous felon has been removed from our streets because of their work.”

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 Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney William Gilmore served as prosecutor for the government.

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