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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Orlando Men Sentenced For Armed Robberies Of Publix Supermarkets

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton has sentenced Cecil Dante Buckner (36, Orlando) to 34 years and 6 months in federal prison and Jarmen Lindell Sharp (34, Orlando) to 13 years in federal prison for their participation in a conspiracy to rob Publix supermarkets. Buckner also pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the robberies. 

According to court documents, beginning no later than February 28, 2014, and continuing through April 23, 2014, Buckner, Sharp, and another individual conspired to rob Publix supermarkets in Orange and Volusia Counties. Specifically, on February 28, 2014, the two men and their co-conspirator robbed the Publix located at 2295 Aloma Avenue in Winter Park; on March 16, 2014, they robbed the Publix located at 7640 West Sand Lake Road in Orlando; and on March 30, 2014, they robbed the Publix located at 2410 South Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. During each of the robberies, Buckner and a co-conspirator wore masks and gloves to conceal their identities. Buckner held store customers and employees at gunpoint at the front of the stores, while the co-conspirator forced store employees into the cashier room at gunpoint and stole cash. Sharp acted as the “lookout” during each of the robberies, waiting in the parking lot of the stores to alert Buckner and the co-conspirator in the event that law enforcement arrived. In total, Buckner, Sharp, and their co-conspirator stole over $24,000 from Publix as a result of these robberies.

Additionally, on May 4, 2016, Buckner and another individual robbed the Publix supermarket located at 2515 Thonotosassa Road in Plant City. During that robbery, Buckner held store customers and employees at gunpoint while the other individual forced a store employee into the cashier room at gunpoint. As a result of this robbery, Buckner and the other individual stole over $18,000 from Publix.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Winter Park Police Department, and the DeLand Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kara M. Wick.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated October 18, 2016