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CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for robbing seven businesses and banks in West Berlin, Cinnaminson, Maple Shade, Mount Holly, Haddon Township, and Voorhees, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
William Carter, 51, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From Dec. 12, 2016, through March 10, 2017, Carter planned, coordinated, and recruited accomplices to assist him in robbing seven businesses and banks in Camden and Burlington Counties. In each robbery, Carter selected his accomplices, instructed them on their roles, directed them to wear masks and wield firearms, and served as the getaway driver.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Carter to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $99,187.
Several of Carter’s associates have already been sentenced as part of this case. Tammond Hill, 21, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 115 months in prison. Rabon Watkins, 23, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 92 months in prison. Steven Cooley, 29, of Woodlynne, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 months in prison.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the ATF Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the ATF Philadelphia Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Don Robinson; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer; the Berlin Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Leonard Check; the Haddon Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Cavallo; the Voorhees Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Louis Bordi, the Maple Shade Police Department, under the direction of Chief Christopher J. Fletcher; the Mount Holly Police Department, under the direction of Chief Richard Spitler; and the Cinnaminson Police Department, under the direction of Chief Rich Calabrese, for their assistance in this case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen M. Harberg of the United States Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.
Defense counsel: Maggie Moy Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Camden