FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - February 4, 2010
RALEIGH ROBBERS PLEAD GUILTY
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today two co-defendants pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to charges relating to robberies in the Raleigh area. BRIAN JOHNSON, 23, 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. QUINTON BATTLE, 20, pled guilty to aiding and abetting the robbery of a business in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951.
According to the Criminal Indictment, which a Federal Grand Jury returned on October 22, 2009, from September 2008, to February 2009, JOHNSON, along with others, was involved in a series of robberies. Specifically, on September 13, 2008, while holding a knife to the throat of the clerk at the Capital Boulevard Family Dollar Store, Joseph Andrea Tinsley robbed the store while JOHNSON operated as lookout. On January 11, 2009, Anastasia Ashley Richardson placed a call to the Maitland Drive Papa John’s and ordered food to be delivered to a Park Glenn Drive residence. When the delivery person arrived, JOHNSON, Tinsley and Christopher Sherod Clay beat and robbed the delivery person. Again, on January 16, 2009, Richardson phoned in an order to the Atlantic Avenue Wang’s Kitchen to be delivered to the same Park Glenn Drive residence. When the driver arrived, BATTLE, Tinsley and Clay robbed the driver. Finally, on February 5, 2009, Richardson phoned in an order to the New Bern Avenue Domino’s Pizza requesting delivery to a Calumet Drive residence. When the driver arrived JOHNSON and Tinsley robbed the driver.
Both charges have a maximum penalty of up to 20 years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
Tinsley, Clay and Richardson were also charged for the robberies and have been sentenced to 158 months imprisonment, 48 months imprisonment, and 52 months imprisonment, respectively.
Mr. Holding commented, “We are very pleased that these defendants have chosen to enter pleas of guilty. The crimes with which they were charged really strike at the core of people, often some of our more vulnerable citizens, who are simply trying to earn a living by preparing and delivering food. We look forward to dealing with these crimes at sentencing.”
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 Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.
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