Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Bakari McCant (26, Orlando) to 32 years in federal prison for committing armed robberies at two Orlando-area Walmart Neighborhood Markets, for conspiring and attempting to commit a third armed robbery at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Kissimmee, for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and for brandishing and possessing firearms during crimes of violence. He was found guilty on January 29, 2018, following a bench trial. In addition, Jarvis Wingster (28, Ocoee) and DeAndre Brewer (26, Orlando) were sentenced to 8 years’ imprisonment and 7 years and 1 month in federal prison, respectively, for their participation in the attempted armed robbery in Kissimmee and for possessing firearms in furtherance of that crime. They pleaded guilty on January 5, 2018.
According to court documents, shortly after midnight on June 2, 2017, McCant and two accomplices robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Clarcona Ocoee Road in Orlando. On July 31, 2017, at approximately 3 a.m., McCant and two accomplices robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market on South Orange Avenue in Orlando. During each of the robberies, McCant and one accomplice forced one or two employees into the cashier room at gunpoint and stole cash from the safe while another accomplice held the customers and remaining employees at gunpoint at the front of the store. During the first robbery, McCant fired a shot in the direction of an employee. He and his accomplices also displayed firearms and wore masks and gloves to conceal their identities during each of the robberies. In total, McCant and his accomplices stole more than $98,000 during these robberies.
In addition, shortly before midnight on August 16, 2017, law enforcement officers intercepted McCant, Wingster, and Brewer as they attempted to carry out an armed robbery at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on East Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee. At that time, they were each in possession of a firearm, mask, and gloves, which they intended to use to complete the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chauncey A. Bratt.