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THURSDAY - November 12, 2009

CARJACKER AND ROBBER SENTENCED TO 52 ½ YEARS IN PRISON

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court on November 10, 2009, Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced two defendants for robbery and carjacking. JOSHUA HUNT, 21, of Maxton, North Carolina, was sentenced to 630 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. A fine of $13,000 and restitution in the amount of $1,315.04 were also imposed.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 25, 2009. On August 3, 2009, HUNT pled guilty to aiding and abetting carjacking, two counts of discharging a firearm during and in relation to and in furtherance of a crime of violence, two counts aiding and abetting the interference with commerce by threats or violence, and possession with the intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (crack).

On June 25, 2008, HUNT, along with co-defendant Timothy Locklear, while wearing masks and armed with firearms, a 9mm handgun and an AK-47 rifle, kicked in the door of the victim’s home. The victim was entertaining friends at the time. HUNT and Locklear fired shots and when the victim recognized HUNT, he was struck over the head with one of the weapons. The defendants forced the occupants, at gunpoint, to go from room to room through the house as they searched the house for money and drugs. After stealing some crack cocaine, $600, an SKS rifle, and a Taurus, .45 caliber handgun, HUNT and Locklear ran out the back door of the house and into a waiting stolen vehicle driven by co-defendant Joshua Goodman. HUNT and Goodman had stolen the vehicle at gunpoint the previous day.

Law enforcement apprehended HUNT and Goodman after a vehicular and foot chase. Locklear was later found and arrested.

Goodman, who pled guilty on September 9, 2009, is awaiting a sentencing date to be set. Locklear was sentenced in October, 2009, to 198 months imprisonment.

Mr. Holding commented, “We applaud the lengthy sentence imposed by the Court. The defendants engaged in violent and dangerous conduct. We are fortunate that no one was killed. This sentence will assure them no one is ever victimized by these defendants again.”

This case was part of the 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 this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Yvonne Watford-McKinney represented the government.

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