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cellular telephone store robber sentenced

December 12, 2012

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that JULIUS DESHAWN HOBBS, 23, of Greenville, North Carolina, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard for his role in three cellular telephone store robberies in Pitt County in April and May of 2011.  On April 29, 2011, HOBBS and a co-defendant robbed, at gunpoint, the Sunshine Wireless store on Third Street in Ayden, netting $3,288.97.  On May 2, 2011, HOBBS and the same co-defendant robbed, at gunpoint, the U.S. Cellular store on Winterville Parkway in Winterville, netting $1,393.00.  Finally, on May 3, 2011, HOBBS and two co-defendants robbed, again at gunpoint, the U.S. Cellular store on Southwest Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, netting $1,080.00.

On August 13, 2012, HOBBS pled guilty to three counts of Hobbs Act Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and a single count of using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).

Senior Judge Howard sentenced HOBBS to 132 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.  HOBBS was also ordered to pay restitution to each business, in a total amount of $5,760.94.

Two other defendants, James Arthur Acklin, Jr. and Marquail Mouring, both of Greenville, have also pled guilty in the case and are pending sentencing at a future date.

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 Ayden Police Department, the Winterville Police Department and the Greenville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett is prosecuting the case.



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