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five sentenced for string of robberies wayne & wilson counties

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August 27, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today ANTHONY DAVID BROWN, 24, of Goldsboro, DERRICK DOVE, JR., 22, of Goldsboro, IVORY JAVAUGHNTAE HARRIS, 21, of Goldsboro, MALCOLM JAMAL ARTIS, 22, of Goldsboro and ANTONIO DEONTE JONES, 27, of Pikeville were sentenced by Chief United State District Judge James C. Dever III, for conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951 and use of a firearm in furtherance of a Crime of Violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).

ANTHONY DAVID BROWN, was sentenced to 216 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.  DERICK DOVE, JR. was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.  IVORY JAVAUGHNTAE HARRIS was sentenced to 90 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.   MALCOLM JAMAL ARTIS was sentenced to 96 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.   ANTONIO DEONTE JONES was sentenced to 114 months imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release.   

According to the Superseding Indictment that was returned on September 28, 2011, from January 25, 2010, to April 14, 2010, co-defendants BROWN, DOVE, Harris, Artis, and Jones, committed a series of robberies in Wayne and Wilson counties.  The robberies targeted convenience stores.  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.

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; the Wilson Police Department and the Pikeville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes was the prosecutor for the government.

 

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