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Fast Food Restaurant Robbers Plead Guilty

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

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that TREVIN MAURICE GIBSON of Greenville, MICHAEL RONDALE GIBSON of Greenville, PRENTISE JAVAUGHN WILKINS of Williamston and DESHAUN ENTREA SPRUILL of Robersonville each pled guilty to firearms charges resulting from a string of robberies of fast food restaurants in and around Greenville from September 2011 through January 2012.  The robberies involved outlets of Bojangles, KFC, Subway, Burger King, McDonalds and Popeyes.
Each defendant entered a plea before Chief U.S. District Judge James C. Dever, III to two counts 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).  SPRUILL entered his plea on Friday, November 1, 2013, and TREVIN GIBSON, MICHAEL GIBSON and WILKINS entered their pleas on Monday, November 4, 2013.  Each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of thirty years without parole, and could be sentenced to up to life in prison.  Each defendant will be sentenced the week of February 10, 2014.  Another defendant, Marcus Roshawn Garrett, entered a guilty plea earlier and is pending sentencing next month.
     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, the Greenville Police Department, the Williamston Police Department, the Robersonville Police Department, the Wilson Police Department, the Farmville Police Department, the Elizabeth City Police Department, the Goldsboro Police Department, the Snow Hill Police Department, and the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney John Bennett is prosecuting the case.
Updated July 14, 2015