FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - October 17, 2011
WAYNE/WILSON COUNTIES ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today IVORY JAVAUGHNTAE HARRIS, 20, pled guilty before Chief United State District Judge James C. Dever III, to conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).
According to the Superseding Indictment that was returned on September 28, 2011, from January 25, 2010, to April 3, 2010, HARRIS, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and his co-defendants, Anthony David Brown, Malcolm Jamal Artis, Antonio Deonte Jones, and Domonic Devarrise Usher, committed nine robberies in Wayne and Wilson counties. The robberies occurred as follows:
On January 25, 2010, Brown, Artis, Jones, and Usher, robbed the Dollar General Store on US Highway 13 in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
On January 27, 2010, Brown and Usher robbed the Dollar General Store on George Street in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
On February 19, 2010, Artis, HARRIS, Jones, and Usher robbed the Dollar General Store on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Wilson, North Carolina.
On February 23, 2010, Brown, Artis, HARRIS, and Usher robbed the Dollar General Store on US Highway 117 in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
On Marsh 11, 2010, Brown, Artis, Dove, and HARRIS, robbed the Handi-Mart Store on US Highway 70 in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
On March 11, 2010, Brown and Artis robbed the Pantry-Kangaroo Store on East Ash Street in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
On March 13, 2010, Brown, Artis, HARRIS, Jones, and Usher, again robbed the Dollar General Store on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Wilson, North Carolina.
On March 16, 2010, Brown and Jones robbed the Subway Store on Patetown Road in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
And on April 3, 2010, Brown and Dove robbed the Andy’s Store located on Five Points Road in Goldsboro, North Carolina. In the course of each of these robberies a firearm was used.
According to the investigation, in each robbery the same method was used–the defendants entered the store fully disguised, one defendant brandishing a handgun while the others seized the cash drawer from the register and/or cash from the safe, and then the robbers would flee in a car driven by a co-conspirator.
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.
At sentencing, set for February 6, 2012, HARRIS faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment for the conspiracy charge and up to a life term of imprisonment consecutive to any other term of imprisonment imposed for the aiding and abetting charge.
Artis and Jones pled guilty on October 3, 2011, and their sentencings are currently set for February 6, 2012.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Goldsboro Police Department; the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office; and the Wilson Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes is serving as prosecution for the government.
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