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Atlantic County Man Admits Committing Spree of Armed Robberies, Armed Carjacking, Firearms Offenses

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Essex County, New Jersey, man admitted committing a spree of robberies and a carjacking, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Deion Nance, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton on June 27, 2024, to a five-count information charging him with two counts of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of carjacking, and two counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Nance admitted that on Dec. 30, 2020, he used a firearm to steal a 2016 Toyota Corolla from the occupant of the vehicle. He pointed a handgun at the victim, pulled the victim out of their vehicle and pushed the firearm into her face. He got into the driver's seat and drove away in the victim’s car.

Nance admitted that on Jan. 4, 2021, he robbed two restaurants. At the first restaurant, he pointed a loaded firearm at a restaurant employee and demanded money. The employee gave Nance $176. That same day, he attempted to rob a restaurant by threatening an employee and pointing a firearm at the employee.

The count of carjacking is punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison; Hobbs Act Robbery is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence is punishable by a maximum of life in prison. Each firearms offense carries a statutory minimum prison sentence of five years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison term imposed. All counts are also punishable by a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 29, 2024.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited law enforcement from the Newark and Harrison police departments, and special agents and task force officers with the FBI Newark Field Division, under the direction of James E. Dennehy, with the investigations leading to the plea hearing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Linares of the Organized Crime and Gangs unit in Newark.

Updated July 1, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-254