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Last Member of Robbery Crew Sentenced on Hobbes Act Robbery and Firearm Charges

October 9, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey D. Haynes (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that JOHN WESLEY BOYCE, III, a/k/a “Duke,” age 22, of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced today in federal court in Columbia on charges of conspiracy to commit a Hobbes Act robbery, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(a), and to use/possession of firearms during and in furtherance of a crime of violence and/or drug trafficking crime, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c) and 2.  Senior United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia sentenced BOYCE to a total of 106 months (8.8 years) imprisonment, which will be followed by five (5) years of supervised release.

Evidence presented at the earlier change of plea hearing established that on September 18, 2012, co-defendant JACQUAN OLANDO JONES, a/k/a “Jay,” a/k/a “Squeeze,” age 23, of Columbia, a prohibited felon, sold two handguns, ammunition, and a quantity of marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  Thereafter, JONES engaged in a conversation with the confidential informant about a robbery of kilogram amounts of drugs.  A plan was discussed in which BOYCE, along with co-defendants TRAVIS HOWARD, age 33, VERNON DAVIS, age 23, and EDDIE WILBERT MOBLEY, a/k/a “Bird,” age 26, all of Columbia, were to conduct the robbery while armed with firearms.  JONES was to receive a portion of the robbery proceeds for his role in coordinating it.  On October 30, 2012, agents with ATF arrested BOYCE, HOWARD, MOBLEY, and DAVIS while enroute to the robbery.   Inside the vehicle, agents recovered two 12 gauge shotguns, a .40 caliber handgun, and pepper spray.  BOYCE had brought the two shotguns to use in the robbery.

BOYCE’S co-defendants all plead guilty and were sentenced earlier this year.  JONES, HOWARD, MOBLEY, and DAVIS each have prior state conviction(s) and are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.  DAVIS and JONES are known Bloods gang members. JONES  was sentenced to 180 months (15 years) imprisonment with 5 years of supervised release to follow;  HOWARD was sentenced to 151 months (12.5 years) imprisonment with 3 years of supervised release to follow;  DAVIS was sentenced to 101 months (8.4 years) imprisonment with 5 years of supervised release to follow; and MOBLEY was sentenced to 111 months (9.25 years) imprisonment with 5 years of supervised release to follow. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases.  Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.


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