FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WEDNESDAY - January 11, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE MAN RECEIVES 32-YEAR FEDERAL SENTENCE FOR GAS STATION ROBBERIES
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced BILLY JOE SCOTT, 24, to 384 months imprisonment.
On May 4, 2011, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment charging SCOTT. On September 1, 2011, SCOTT pled guilty to two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii).
According to the investigation, SCOTT, armed with a handgun, robbed the same Exxon station in Fayetteville four different times from November 29, 2010, to January 4, 2011. On the last robbery, the clerk was able to sound a silent alarm, to which law enforcement responded. A foot chase ensued to a nearby trailer park where SCOTT was seen stuffing items under one of the trailers. Following his capture, a search for the items was begun. A .32 caliber Smith and Wesson Long Model 732 handgun was located.
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 and the Fayetteville Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jay Exum prosecuted the case.