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Armed Robber Sentenced to Over 15 Years in Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland
Robbed a Jewelry Store in Charlotte Hall and Pharmacy in Mechanicsville at Gunpoint

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Darrell Lee, age 48, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, today to184 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for robbery, and for carrying and brandishing a gun during a robbery. Judge Grimm also ordered Lee to pay restitution of $24,791.50 and forfeit $19,987.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron; and Colonel William M. Pallozzi, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to his plea agreement, on June 18, 2014, Lee and Furman Troy entered a jewelry store in Charlotte Hall.  Lee brandished a gun at the store owner and Troy bound the victim with duct tape.  After obtaining the key to the jewelry counter from an employee, they stole jewelry worth approximately $8,890, cash, a laptop computer valued at approximately $2,100 and other items.

On June 22, 2014, Lee and Troy robbed a pharmacy in Mechanicsville, Maryland.  Again, Lee brandished a gun and Troy bound the employee with duct tape.  They stole cash and prescription bottles containing oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone and endocet, valued at approximately $8,997.

Furman Troy, age 45, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, pleaded guilty to his participation in the scheme and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. In addition, Michael Burgess, age 54, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Abdelrahim Ayyad, a/k/a Sahid, age 50, of White Plains, Maryland previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the robberies and await sentencing.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation, and recognized the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for its assistance in the case.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted the case.

Updated June 27, 2016

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