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Press Release

Maryland Man Sentenced For Car Jacking A Sears Delivery Truck

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Antonio Daniel McGhee of Essex, Md. was sentenced today to a total of 244 months in prison.  McGhee was convicted by a federal jury on June 22, 2012, on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, carjacking, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, James D. Newman, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. 

            On January 10, 2012, McGhee and co-defendant Gabriel D. M. Mitchell carjacked a Sears delivery truck while it was delivering appliances in Hampton, Virginia. They were given information as to the property on the truck and the delivery schedule by an employee of a Sears sub-contractor, Travis Williams, who posed as one of the two victims. The actual victim was handcuffed, duct taped, and blind folded while the Williams was barely restrained.  McGhee and Mitchell used a U-Haul truck to off load the appliances. The Sears appliances were recovered.

            During the sentencing hearing the Judge found that McGhee testified falsely during the trial in an effort to frame the actual victim of the robbery. McGhee was sentenced to 160 months in prison for his participation in the conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and carjacking, with a consecutive 84 month sentence for brandishing a firearm during the robbery. Mitchell is awaiting sentencing.

            This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and assisted by Hampton Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Howard J. Zlotnick and Brian J. Samuels prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on
Updated March 18, 2015