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wilmington robber robinson gets federal sentence

AUGUST 22, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON, 21, of Wilmington, North Carolina to 200 months imprisonment followed by 3 years supervised release. 

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on November 21, 2011.  On March 21, 2012, ROBINSON pled guilty to Interference with Commerce by Robbery, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1951 and the Use and Carrying of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, in violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 924(c).

According to the evidence presented in Court, on July 10, 2011, ROBINSON and others robbed and shot a man during a home invasion that took place in Wilmington, North Carolina.  The victim of the home invasion was believed to have a large amount of drugs in his home when ROBINSON and others conspired to rob him. When the victim didn’t give the robbers the drugs and money the robbers demanded, the men shot the victim in each leg.  As the victim attempted to run away he was shot again in the left side and then suffered a graze wound to his head.  The victim was able to escape after being robbed and his neighbors called 911.   When law enforcement arrived, they found a cell phone in the yard that ROBINSON dropped during his flight from the home.  The victim picked ROBINSON out of a photo lineup as being one of the people involved in the robbery and shooting.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Wilmington Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case. Ms. Wilson is a prosecutor with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office.  District Attorney Ben David has assigned her to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Project Safe Neighborhood cases and other violent crime cases.



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