FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - MAY 13, 2010
RALEIGH ROBBERS SENTENCED
GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced two co-defendants for charges relating to robberies in the Raleigh area. BRIAN JOHNSON, 23, received 198 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release. The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $6,216.00. QUINTON BATTLE, 20, received 33 months’ imprisonment followed by three years supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 22, 2009. On February 4, 2010, JOHNSON 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. That same day BATTLE 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, 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.
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, “The acts performed by these defendants were very violent. We are pleased with the sentences that were handed down today. This office stands committed to vigorously prosecuting cases such as these.”
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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