PHILADELPHIA - Amos Singleton, 58, of Philadelphia, was sentenced late yesterday to 30 years in prison for the armed robbery of an employee of the Walnut Lane Apartments, at 236 West Walnut Lane in Philadelphia, in November 2010. Singleton and Corey Pasley, who worked at the apartment complex as a security guard, made off with cash, money orders, and checks, after Singleton struck the victim and fired his gun, striking the victim in the head. Despite severe injuries, the victim broke free, ran from the office and alerted residents to the robbery. Singleton and Pasley stole approximately $2,645 in cash and $1,265 in money orders and checks from the office safe. U.S. District Court Judge Norma Shapiro also ordered restitution, a $2,500 fine, and five years of supervised release.
On June 22, 2012, a jury returned guilty verdicts against both defendants on all charges, including: conspiracy to commit robbery which interferes with commerce, robbery, and using a firearm in the course of a robbery. Singleton, who was already a convicted felon, was additionally convicted of knowingly possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Pasley is awaiting sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark Miller.
This investigation and prosecution is part of a joint initiative by the United States Attorney's Office, the District Attorney's Offices in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, to identify and prosecute dangerous firearms offenders in federal court where the defendants are likely to receive a substantial sentence upon conviction.
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