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Two Former New Jersey Residents Sentenced To Federal Prison For Multiple Armed Robberies In Luzerne, Schuylkill And Carbon Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2013

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that two former New Jersey residents were sentenced Wednesday by Senior United States District Judge Richard P. Conaboy for their participation in multiple armed robberies of stores and businesses located in Luzerne, Schuylkill and Carbon Counties between December 2011 and February 2012.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Tysheed Hargrove, age 20, also known by the "street-name" "Sincere," formerly of Newark, New Jersey, was sentenced to 120 months in prison and ordered to pay $7,986.78 in restitution to the businesses which he robbed.  In addition to the prison term, Senior Judge Conaboy also ordered that Hargrove be supervised by a probation officer for three years following his prison sentence.

     Hargrove previously entered a guilty plea to eleven counts of interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting. 

     Specifically, Hargrove admitted to robbing the following businesses:
-  Convenient Mart, 51 West Juniper Street, Hazleton, on December 21, 2011;
-  Turkey Hill, 70 Station Circle, Hazle Township, on December 24, 2011;
-  Unimart, Route 940, Foster Township, on January 5, 2012;
-  Turkey Hill, 800 Alter Street, Hazleton, on January 6, 2012;
-  Turkey Hill, 800 Alter Street, Hazleton, on January 10, 2012;
-  Fegley's Mini-Mart, 30-32 Center Street, Tamaqua, on January 20, 2012 ;
-  Fegley's Mini-Mart, 146 South Kennedy Drive, McAdoo, on January 26, 2012;
-  Wawa, SR 940, White Haven, on January 29, 2012;
-  Turkey Hill, 205 Claremont Avenue, Hometown, on February 3, 2012;
-  Unimart/Exxon, 541, Altamont Boulevard, Frackville, on February 3, 2012; and
-  Fegley's Mini-Mart/Dunkin Donuts, 30-32 Center Street, Tamaqua on February 5, 2012.

     In addition, Jose Nunez, age 20, also known by the "street-name" "Skillz," formerly of Newark, New Jersey, was sentenced to 90 months in prison and ordered to pay $2,936.20 in restitution.  Senior Judge Conaboy also ordered that Nunez be supervised by a probation officer for three years following his prison sentence.

     Nunez previously pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Hargrove in the following seven robberies:
- Convenient Mart, 51 West Juniper Street, Hazleton, on December 21, 2011;
- Turkey Hill, 70 Station Circle, Hazle Township, on December 24, 2011;
-  Unimart, Route 940, Foster Township, on January 5, 2012;
-  Fegley's Mini-Mart, 146 South Kennedy Drive, McAdoo, on January 26, 2012;
-  Wawa, SR 940, White Haven, on January 29, 2012;
-  Turkey Hill, 205 Claremont Avenue, Hometown on February 3, 2012; and
-  Unimart/Exxon, 541, Altamont Boulevard, Frackville on February 3, 2012

     The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and numerous local law enforcement agencies, including the Hazleton, Tamaqua, McAdoo, Kidder Township, Rush Township and Nesquehoning Police Departments, and the Luzerne County, Schuylkill County and Carbon County District Attorney's Offices.

     The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O'Hara.


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