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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fayetteville Man Sentenced To 300 Months For Hobbs Act Robbery & Carjacking

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced LONNELL DEANGELO MCRAE , 27, of Fayetteville to 300 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

MCRAE was named in an Indictment filed on April 3, 2013, charging him with 7 counts.  The Indictment charged MCRAE with 1 count of Hobbs Act Robbery and Aiding and Abetting, 2 counts of Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence and Abetting and Aiding, 1 count of Carjacking and Aiding and Abetting, 1 count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Aiding and Abetting, 1 count of Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Aiding and Abetting, and 1 count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

On February 3, 2014, MCRAE pled guilty to the Hobbs Act Robbery, Brandishing a Firearm During a Federal Crime of Violence, and to the Carjacking charge. 

According to the investigation, MCRAE, armed with afirearmand his co-conspirator, Gregory James Burgess previously sentenced to 168 month imprisonment on April 18, 2014, entered the Little Vegas Sweepstakes, an internet gaming business located in Fayetteville, which is now closed.  MCRAE and Burgess forced two victims from one room into another.   MCRAE and Burgess tied them up with computer and telephone cords and took the customer’s truck.

At his arrest about a week later for these crimes, MCRAE was found to be in possession of a handgun and ammunition.

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 Fayetteville Police Department, the Hope Mills Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  Assistant United States Attorney S. Katherine Burnette prosecuted the case for the government.

Updated July 14, 2015