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Watertown Man Indicted for Armed Sunoco Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - A grand jury in the Northern District of New York returned an indictment charging YARBROUGH LATULAS (30, of Watertown, NY) with three felony offenses: Count One charges him with interference with interstate commerce by robbery; Count Two charges him with using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and Count Three charges him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney RICHARD S. HARTUNIAN. If found guilty, the defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment, and a maximum fine of $250,000.00 per count of conviction.

The indictment alleges that on July 31, 2013, the defendant and another male entered the Sunoco located at 1222 Washington Street, Watertown, New York intending to commit a robbery. After entering the Sunoco, YARBROUGH LATULAS stole money and tobacco products from an employee of Sunoco while the other male brandished a short-barreled 12 gauge shotgun. LATULAS is a convicted felon, having been previously convicted in Jefferson County Court on October 16, 2006, for the New York State felony crime of Attempted Forgery in the Second Degree.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Syracuse, New York, the Watertown Police Department and the Metro-Jefferson Drug Task Force. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ransom P. Reynolds. Further questions may be directed to Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan at (315-448-0672).

Updated February 3, 2015