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gang members sentenced for convenience store robberies

March 13, 2012

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced CAWAJALIN KAVIN MCNEILL, also known as WaWa, 16, of Raleigh, North Carolina, to 180 months imprisonment llowed by five years supervised release. 

On July 5, 2011, a Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment.  On September 6, 2011, MCNEILL pled guilty to conspiring to rob a business engaged in interstate commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, 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 the investigation, on the evening of August 25, 2010, MCNEILL, along with co-defendants Keith Mason, Kwame Shaquille Bellamy, and Joseph Nadir Nelson, drove to the Shop N Gas convenience store located on NC Hwy 42 East in Kenly, North Carolina.  MCNEILL and Nelson entered the store armed with handguns and robbed the store, while Mason and Bellamy stayed outside in the car.  After taking the money, MCNEILL shot the store clerk.  They left the store with $700.00.  The clerk survived but sustained permanent injuries.

Later that same night, the four drove to the Shop N Gas Convenience Store located at NC Hwy 39 in Zebulon.  Mason and Bellamy entered the store armed with pistols, while  Nelson and MCNEILL stayed in the car outside the store.  Jumping over the counter, Mason took $99.00. During the robbery a scuffle occurred in which the clerk was shot.  The clerk has recovered.

Nelson and Bellamy were charged for their parts in the robberies.  Both have been sentenced, receiving a 288-month term of imprisonment.  Mason was sentenced to 228 months imprisonment. Additionally, restitution was imposed of $24,989.70. 

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 Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the Raleigh Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Jane Jackson represented the government.





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