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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cell Phone Store Robber Sentenced To 116 Years

A 29-year-old Detroit man was sentenced today in federal court to 116 years in prison for his role in six cellular telephone store robberies, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced.

Joining McQuade in the announcement was Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Field Office.

U.S. District Judge Sean F. Cox imposed sentence on Timothy Ivory Carpenter, who was convicted after a two-week jury trial in December.  The jury found Carpenter guilty of committing six robberies of cellular telephone stores, and of using a gun during five of the robberies.  The evidence at trial established that Carpenter and his brother, Timothy Sanders, conspired with others to rob cellular telephone stores in Detroit, Highland Park, Eastpointe, and Warren, Ohio between December 13, 2010, and December 1, 2012.

“Armed robberies at neighborhood stores make citizens fearful to carry out their daily business in our community,” McQuade said.  “This lengthy sentence sends a powerful message that using guns to commit crimes will not be tolerated.”

“Aggressively pursuing violent offenders, particularly those associated with organized criminal groups, is among the highest priorities of the FBI,” stated Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office. “Today’s sentence, along with others seen recently, sends a strong message to violent perpetrators whose actions wreak havoc upon our community—the FBI, our local, state and federal partners, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office will work tirelessly to combat violent crime and bring justice to bear on these offenders.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth Chadwell
Updated March 19, 2015