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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cumberland County Armed Robbers Sentenced To 200 Months Imprisonment In Federal Court

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced xavier deshawn lymas, 24, jessie gomez, 26 , and LIONEL BERNARD NEWMAN, 23, all of Fayetteville. LYUMAS received 200 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release; gomez received 200 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release; and NEWMAN received 200 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.
LYMAS, GOMEZ, NEWMAN, and JOSE MORALES were named in an eight-count Indictment filed on October 3, 2012 charging them with crimes related to the robbery of businesses engaged in interstate commerce.  On February 19, 2013, LYMAS , NEWMAN, and MORALES pled guilty to Conspiracy to Rob Businesses Engaged in Interstate Commerce, and Using and Carrying a Firearm During a Crime of Violence.  On April 11, 2013, GOMEZ pled guilty to the same.  MORALES will be sentenced at a later date.
According to the investigation, the group participated in a string of armed robberies in Cumberland County in October 2011. On October 27, 2011, LYMAS, GOMEZ, NEWMAN, and JOSE MORALES, armed with handguns, traveled to the Lake Lynn Short Stop on Gillespie Street in Fayetteville for the purpose of robbing the business.  Due to the high volume of customers inside, the group chose instead to rob a person seated in his vehicle in the parking lot. With MORALES acting as the driver and NEWMAN serving as a lookout, LYMAS and GOMEZ robbed the victim at gunpoint.
The group then traveled to a Kangaroo Express store on Natal Street in Fayetteville. Wearing ski masks and gloves, LYMAS, GOMEZ, and NEWMAN entered the store while MORALES acted as the driver. GOMEZ and NEWMAN were armed with handguns. Inside, GOMEZ demanded money from the store clerk and struck the clerk in the head with his handgun.  The group fled with cash and other items taken from the store.
The same evening, NEWMAN and an unindicted accomplice robbed a Kangaroo Express store on Hope Mills Road in Hope Mills.  NEWMAN and his accomplice entered the store wearing ski masks and gloves.  Both brandished handguns. NEWMAN pointed his handgun at a store clerk and demanded cash.  The robbers fled with cash and other items.
On October 30, 2011, LYMAS, GOMEZ, and MORALES attempted to rob a Kangaroo Express on Main Street in Hope Mills.  With MORALES acting as the driver, LYMAS and GOMEZ entered the store wearing ski masks and gloves, and brandishing handguns. Several Hope Mills police officers were in close proximity conducting surveillance on the store and observed LYMAS and GOMEZ as they entered. The officers followed LYMAS and GOMEZ inside and placed them under arrest before they were able to complete the robbery.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and the Hope Mills Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Toby Lathan prosecuted the case.
Updated July 14, 2015