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THURSDAY - October 15, 2009

FOUR DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR CHARGES

RELATING TO A ROBBERY SPREE

NEW BERN - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today four defendants involved in numerous robberies in the Raleigh area were sentenced before Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. JOSEPH ANDREA TINSLEY, 24, received 158 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release; CHRISTOPHER SHEROD CLAY, 22, received 48 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release; ANASTASIA ASHLEY RICHARDSON, 22, received 52 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release, and JASMINE YVETTE MCFADDEN, 22, received 38 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. All of the defendants are from Raleigh, North Carolina.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on April 2, 2009. At the arraignments held on June 2, 2009, RICHARDSON, after waiving the Indictment, pled to a Criminal Information, which was filed at the time, while the other three defendants pled guilty to the indictment. Each pled guilty to aiding and abetting the conspiracy to commit robberies of a business in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951. MCFADDEN also pled guilty to robbery of a business in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.

On September 13, 2008, TINSELY, along with two other individuals, robbed the Dollar Store on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. During the robbery, TINSLEY held a knife to the store clerk’s throat. At the time, the store clerk was eight months pregnant. TINSLEY escaped with $5,870.00.

On January 2, 2009, TINSLEY, CLAY and another person left a downtown nightclub and entered a taxi cab, robbing the driver.

On January 11, 2009, RICHARDSON placed a call to the Papa John’s on Maitland Drive in Raleigh and ordered food to be delivered to a residence on Park Glenn Drive. When the driver arrived at the residence to deliver the food, TINSLEY and another individual beat and robbed the driver.

On January 16, 2009, RICHARDSON placed a call to Wang’s Kitchen on Atlantic Boulevard and ordered food to be delivered to the same residence on Park Glenn Drive. When the delivery driver arrived, TINSLEY, CLAY, and another person beat and robbed the driver.

On January 19, 2009, MCFADDEN called Shanghai Express on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh and ordered to be delivered to a residence on Glenbrook Drive. When the delivery driver arrived, TINSLEY and CLAY again beat and robbed the driver.

On February 5, 2009, RICHARDSON called Domino’s Pizza on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh, placing an order for delivery to a residence on Calumet Drive in Raleigh. When the delivery driver arrived, TINSLEY and another person robbed the delivery driver.

Mr. Holding commented, “This case is a chilling reminder of why we need the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. These defendants essentially were terrorizing the community and some of its most vulnerable workers. We are pleased with the sentencings, realizing that these four have been taken off the streets for a long time where they will not terrorize any longer. ”

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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