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Friday, June 28, 2013

Boston Man Sentenced In Armed Robbery

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BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced today for the armed robbery of a Dorchester Metro PCS retail store in 2011.

Lynch Arthur, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper to 19 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $300 special assessment. In March 2013, Arthur pleaded guilty to armed robbery, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

On Oct. 31, 2011, two men, later identified as Arthur and Ronald E. Brown, entered the Metro-PCS store on Washington Street in the Codman Square section of Dorchester. Brown distracted the store clerk while Arthur walked around the counter, displaying a semi-automatic handgun. After arming themselves with semi-automatic handguns, they forced the clerk into the back storage room and demanded cash. Using a roll of duct tape he was carrying, Arthur tied up the clerk. They removed cash from the register and fled the scene, running on Kenwood Street where they were stopped and questioned. The officers observed articles of clothing, reportedly worn by the subjects, on the sidewalk. After a sweep of the area, officers recovered the loaded firearms, duct tape, and U.S. currency consistent with the amount stolen. The individuals were brought back to the store and positively identified by the clerk.

The co-defendant, Brown, of Boston was convicted following a jury trial on June 3, 2013. He is scheduled to be sentenced in August 2013.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, and Kenneth J. Croke, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kenneth G. Shine and Robert E. Richardson of Ortiz's Major Crime Unit.

Updated December 15, 2014