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wilson man sentenced for string of armed robberies of wilson convenience stores

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2014

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on Thursday, April 10, 2014, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced ARTAVIOUS QUONTA BODDIE, 24, to 235 months imprisonment followed by five years supervised release.  The Court also imposed restitution in the amount of $666.00.

A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on October 8, 2013.  On December 18, 2013, BODDIE 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 crime of violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). 

According to the Indictment, BODDIE conspired to rob three businesses from February 21, 2013, to February 24, 2013. The investigation revealed that on February 21, 2014, BODDIE approached the clerk at Discount Cigarettes in Wilson, North Carolina, and while brandishing a firearm, threatened to kill the clerk if the clerk did not comply with BODDIE’s demands.  BODDIE robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of money, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

On February 24, 2013, BODDIE robbed the Kangaroo Express in Wilson, North Carolina of $80.  Approximately 45 minutes later, BODDIE entered Fuel Doc in Lucama, North Carolina, and stole $406.  During both of these robberies, BODDIE brandished a firearm. 

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Wilson Police Department; the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office; the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; and the Kenly Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Ethan A. Ontjes served as prosecutor on behalf of the Eastern District of North Carolina.

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