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FRIDAY - June 11, 2010


WILMINGTON - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge James C. Fox sentenced JOHNNY DRAUGHN, 21, of Battleboro, North Carolina, to 154 months’ imprisonment followed by five years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $9,708.78.

DRAUGHN pled guilty on January 19, 2010 to count one, conspiring to commit robberies of a business in interstate commerce, and to count eleven, aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, of the original Indictment. The investigation returned information that during a week in September, 2008, DRAUGHN, along with co-defendants Dexter Broadnax and Terrell Cooke, while brandishing firearms, robbed several convenience stores and gas stations. These robberies included the L&L Food Store in Sharpsburg, the New Dixie Mart #13 in Roanoke Rapids, the Village Grocery #2 in Gaston, the Blue Flame Gas station in Gaston, and the Salem and Sons Gas Station in Rocky Mount. During the last robbery, on September 23, 2008, they were apprehended. The robbery occurred at Roanoke Rapid’s Blue Flame Gas Station, where two men, brandishing firearms, demanded money and fled with $4,730.41. A witness arriving as the robbers fled the store gave police a description of the get-away vehicle, and officers were able to locate it minutes after the robbery. DRAUGHN was in the vehicle where officers observed the money from the robbery. A further search of the car revealed money bags from the Blue Flame robbery in Gaston along with a Bryco 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Broadnax was found near the gas station.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods(PSN) initiative 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; the Roanoke Rapids Police Department; the Sharpsburg Police Department; the Gaston Police Department and the Rocky Mount Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.


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