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Cellular Telephone Store Robber Sentenced

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that MARQUAIL EARL MOURING, 23, of Greenville, North Carolina, was sentenced today by Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard for his role in a cellular telephone store robbery in Greenville in May of 2011.  On May 3, 2011, MOURING and two co-defendants robbed, at gunpoint, the U.S. Cellular store on Southwest Greenville Boulevard in Greenville, netting $1,080.00.

On October 15, 2012, MOURING pled guilty to a count of Hobbs Act Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951, and a count of using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A).

Senior Judge Howard sentenced MOURING to 108 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.  MOURING was also ordered to pay restitution to U.S. Cellular in the amount of $1,080.00.

One other defendant, Julius Deshawn Hobbs of Greenville, was previously sentenced to 132 months for his role in this robbery and two others.  The remaining defendant, James Arthur Acklin, Jr. of Greenville, has pled guilty in the case and is pending sentencing at a future date.

This case was part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative which encourages federal, state, and local agencies to cooperate in a unified “team effort” against gun crime, targeting repeat offenders who continually plague their communities.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greenville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 14, 2015