Augusta Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery Charges
Bangor, Maine: An Augusta man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Bangor to four counts of interfering with commerce by robbery, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.
According to court records, on February 25, 2019, and on July 17, 20 and 23, 2019, Barry Grant, Jr., 38, robbed four different Augusta businesses at knife point. On each occasion he fled the scene with cash from the register. Grant was arrested by Augusta Police while fleeing the July 23 robbery.
Grant faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release for each count. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The Augusta Police Department and the FBI investigated the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. For more information about PSN please visit www.justice.gov/psn.