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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ringleader Of Violent Robbery Organization Sentenced For Conducting Violent Robberies Throughout The Middle District Of Florida

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James S. Moody has sentenced Marion Dwight, Jr., a/k/a “Woe,” (31, Lakeland) to 23 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and brandishing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Dwight had pleaded guilty on February 23, 2018.

According to court documents, from at least May 2015 and continuing through July 20, 2017, Dwight conspired with others to commit multiple armed robberies and burglaries of several local drug dealers within the Middle District of Florida. Dwight was the leader of the organization and had orchestrated the robberies. To date, the FBI has identified at least 14 armed robberies and 4 armed burglaries that were committed by Dwight and his co-conspirators. The conspirators discharged and otherwise brandished firearms during the commission of all of the robberies and burglaries. In many instances, small children were present at the time of the robberies.

Dwight’s co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and each faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, as noted below:

 

Name

Age, Residence

Status

Bradney Henry McGary

32, Lakeland

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, 1 count of conspiracy to commit robbery, 2 counts of robbery, and 1 count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Sentenced to 19 years and 2 months in prison on October 17, 2018.

Sherrod Raeshad Gordon,

a/k/a “Hott”

32, Tampa

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to commit robbery, 2 counts of robbery, and 2 counts of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Sentenced to 29 years and 8 months in prison on February 1, 2019.

Michael James Baker,

a/k/a “Bake,”

a/k/a “Maserati”

35, Clearwater

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to commit robbery, 2 counts of robbery, and 2 counts of brandishing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Sentenced to 21 years and 4 months in prison on April 12, 2019.

Fredrick James Burney, Jr.,

a/k/a “Frido”

a/k/a “Free”

28, Clearwater

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to commit robbery, 2 counts of robbery, and 2 counts of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Sentenced to 30 years in prison on April 12, 2019.

Antonio Marquis Roddy,

a/k/a “Lil Head”

31, Orlando

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to commit robbery, 2 counts of robbery, and 2 counts of discharging and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 17 years, and up to life, in federal prison.

Sentencing scheduled for May 10, 2019.

Jevin Michael Stone

30, Lakeland

Pleaded guilty to 1 count of conspiracy to commit robbery, 2 counts of, and 2 counts of discharging and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Sentenced to 23 years and 5 months in prison on April 12, 2019.

 

Shamar Thomas

 

26, Clearwater

Found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, and using or carrying a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, after a jury trial on October 11, 2018.

Sentenced to 35 years in prison on February 1, 2019.

 

"This case exemplifies the determination and dedication of the Tampa Bay Safe Streets Task Force to rid our communities of violent crime", said Eric W. Sporre, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Tampa Division. "This gang brought fear and violence to neighborhoods from Clearwater to Orlando. I want to commend the work of our special agents, task force officers and prosecutors who worked diligently throughout this investigation to protect our community and stop the violence."

This case was investigated by the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Thelwell. Co-conspirator Shamar Lajuan Thomas was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa M. Thelwell and James Muench.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated April 23, 2019