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WEDNESDAY - October 7, 2009

GUILTY PLEA ENTERED FROM ROBESON COUNTY ROBBER

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday that BOBBY RAY LAMBERT, 27, of Shannon, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to multiple counts of violations of the Hobbs Act as well as related firearms offenses.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 21, 2009, charging LAMBERT with violation of the Hobbs Act by committing several robberies of convenience stores in Robeson County as well as possessing a firearm in furtherance of the commission of the robberies.

On December 29, 2008, LAMBERT and co-defendant, Steven Ray Jones, entered the Middletowne Food Mart in Red Springs, North Carolina. LAMBERT pulled a firearm out, pointed it at the convenience store clerk, and robbed the clerk of the contents of the cash register. LAMBERT and Jones then fled the scene in a red Ford Mustang. Jones previously pled guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

On December 31, 2008, LAMBERT and two other co-defendants, Timmy and Teresa Warriax, pulled into the parking lot of the Country Tobacco Oasis in Pembroke, North Carolina. LAMBERT entered the store, pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the clerk’s head. LAMBERT proceeded to steal the contents of the store’s register. The Warriaxes then drove LAMBERT from the scene of the crime. The charges against these two co-defendants remain pending.

Mr. Holding commented, “I applaud the work fo the ATF in this case. The defendant posed a real danger to the local community. We look forward to sentencing in this matter as we seek a proper resolution and justice for these victims.”

The maximum penalty for the charges is up to life imprisonment as well as a fine of up to $2,000,000.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives task force and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.

News releases are available on the U. S. Attorney’s web page at www.usdoj.gov/usao/nce within 48 hours of release.

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