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three indicted for robbing greenville/ayden businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2012

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that this week a Federal Grand Jury has returned a 14-count Criminal Indictment charging three individuals relating to the robberies of seven North Carolina businesses.  JAMES ARTHUR ACKLIN, JR., 20; JULIUS DESHAWN HOBBS, 22; and MARQUAIL EARL MOURING, 22, have been charged with Hobbs Act robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of the crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). All three defendants are from Greenville, North Carolina.

According to the Indictment, on April 22, 2011, while brandishing a firearm, ACKLIN robbed the Wilco-Hess Convenience Store on South Memorial in Greenville, North Carolina, of approximately $771.00.

On April 25, 2011;  April 27, 2011; and April 28, 2011; again while brandishing a firearm, ACKLIN robbed three Greenville Kangaroo Express locations; on Charles Bouelvard, of approximately $176.68; on Eastern Pines Road, of approximately $96.46; and on Southeast Greenville Boulevard, of approximately $66.00, respectively.

The Indictment further alleges, that on April 29, 2011, ACKLIN and HOBBS, robbed, at gunpoint, the Sunshine Wireless (U.S. Cellular) store on Third Street in Ayden, North Carolina, of approximately $3,287.94.  On May 2, 2011, the two defendants robbed, at gunpoint, the U.S. Cellular store on Winterville Parkway, Greenville, North Carolina, of approximately $1,393.00.

On May 3, 2011, ACKLIN, HOBBS, and MOURING robbed the U.S. Cellular store on Southwest Greenville Bouelvard, Greenville, North Carolina, of approximately $1,080.00.

For each charge of the Hobbs Act robbery, each defendant faces up to 20 years imprisonment.  For the first charge of using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years imprisonment consecutive to any other sentence imposed; for each consecutive firarm charge, each defendant faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years imprisonment consecutive to any other sentence imposed.

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.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Greenville Police Department; the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office; and the Ayden Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett prosecuted the case.

 

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