FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FRIDAY - February 17, 2012
RALEIGH MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RALEIGH ROBBERIES
NEW BERN - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday MICHAEL EMANUEL PRYOR, 22, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to conspiring to rob a business engaged in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(b), and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c).
According to the December 21, 2011, Superseding Criminal Indictment, from April, 2011, to May, 2011, PRYOR, along with co-defendants, Antonio Rashaad Dovine, Ericka Ciara McClarin and Jessie James Vickers, conspired to rob the Exxon gas station on New Bern Avenue, the McDonald’s restaurant on Spring Forest Road, and the Courtyard Marriott hotel on Arrow Drive.
The investigation revealed that McClaurin, who was seven months pregnant at the time, would enter the business to scout out the number of persons present, then leave. A short time later, the co-conspirators would enter the business fully disguised. One of the defendants would brandish a shotgun while the other would seize the cash drawer from the register and/or cash from the store safe. The armed robbers would then flee in a car driven by Vickers.
At sentencing PRYOR faces up to 20 years imprisonment for the conspiracy charge and up to life imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentenced imposed, for the firearm charge. A sentencing date was not set.
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.
On November 15, 2011, Vickers and McClarin pled guilty. Their sentencings are currently scheduled for June 5, 2012. The case against Dovine is pending trial.
Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ethan Ontjes is prosecuting the case.