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sonic robber receives a 19-year federal prison sentence

May 10, 2012

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court yesterday Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced KENNETH FUQUAN ARTIS, of Greenville, North Carolina, to 228 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.  The Court also imposed $6,491.93 in restitution.
     A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on May 10, 2011.  On January 4, 2012, ARTIS, 23, pled guilty to four counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of using or carrying a firearm during and in releation to a crime of violence. 

According to the Indictment, on August 1, 2010, and September 16, 2010, ARTIS, robbed the Sonic Drive-In on Southeast Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, North Carolina, of approximately $1,600.00 and $2,500.00, respectively.  On August 21, 2010, and September 5, 2010, ARTIS robbed the Sonic Drive-In on South Memorial Drive in Greenville, North Carolina, of approximately $1,842.93 and $549.00, respectively.

The investigation revealed that ARTIS was a former employee of the Sonic on Southeast Greenville Boulevard and during the robbery on September 16, 2010, of that restaurant, he used a rifle to shoot out the door to obtain access.  He also used a rifle to shoot out the door to gain access to the South Memorial Drive location on September 5, 2010.    

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 Greenville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett prosecuted the case.



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