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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Indictment Charges Two As Would-Be Home Invasion Robbers

PHILADELPHIA - Clifton McLean, 31, and Leroy Winston, 31, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were charged today by Indictment with conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act robbery, drug, gun, and other offenses, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the indictment, between Jun 10, 2013 and August 14, 2013, McLean and Winston sought the help of another person in arranging the home invasion robbery of drug dealers.  The defendants allegedly planned to steal, at gunpoint, eight to nine kilograms of cocaine.  It is further alleged that on August 14, 2013, the defendants attempted, unsuccessfully, to carry out the armed home invasion robbery. The plan was interrupted by law enforcement.
In addition to the conspiracy, the indictment charges McLean and Winston with attempted commission of a Hobbs Act robbery, aiding and abetting the attempted commission of a Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, attempted possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime, and being felons in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, the defendants face a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment.  All of the defendants face a ten year mandatory minimum sentences for the offenses to be followed by a five year mandatory minimum consecutive sentence on the 924(c) count.

The case was investigated by ATF and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeanine Linehan.

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An Indictment or Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014