FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
TUESDAY - December 6, 2011
ARMED ROBBER RECEIVES MORE THAN 13 YEARS’ IMPRISONMENT
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United State District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced PERRY RASHAWN WILKINS, 22, to 166 months’ imprisonment followed by five years’ supervised release. The Court also ordered WILKINS to pay restitution of $1,360.00.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on March 10, 2011. On May 31, 2011, WILKINS pled guilty to Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951 and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924.
According to the Criminal Indictment, on September 25, 2010, WILKINS, who is from Farmville, North Carolina, along with co-defendant Joseph Christopher Boyden, robbed, with a sawed off rifle, the Landmark Pick-Up Grocery Store on East Fifth Street in Greenville, North Carolina, of approximately $600. 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.
On September 6, 2011, Boyden pled guilty to two counts of Hobbs Act robbery and two counts of using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. Boyden’s sentencing is currently set for January 3, 2012.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greenville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett served as prosecutor for the government.