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Armed Robber Sentenced To 37 Years In Prison

May 15, 2012


PHILADELPHIA - John Gassew, 25, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 37 years in prison for armed robberies he committed in Philadelphia in December of 2007 and October of 2009. On December 9, 2007, Gassew robbed Danny Boy’s Bar, at 7447 Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia, threatening the employees and patrons with a gun and stealing the establishment’s cash proceeds; on October 28, 2009, Gassew robbed the 7-Eleven convenience store, located at 8101 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, of cash proceeds and cigarettes. A federal jury convicted Gassew on February 1st of two counts of armed robberies and two counts of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody ordered Gassew to complete five years of supervised release and to pay total restitution to the victims in the two robberies in the amount of $7,194.

This prosecution is a result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Linwood C. Wright, Jr. and Ewald Zittlau.

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