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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Las Vegas Man Sentenced To Prison For Series Of Armed Robberies

LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison for his role in five armed robberies of cell phone stores.

Rushard Burton (27) pleaded guilty in August 2021 to four counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey sentenced Burton to three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, from March 18 to June 5, 2017, Burton, co-conspirators Kejon Ward and Erica Caldwell, and others stole over 400 cell phones from five cell phone stores in North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Las Vegas. During each robbery, they pointed firearms at — and made threats to — victims in the stores.

Ward (28) pleaded guilty in August 2021, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2022.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was a joint investigation by the FBI, North Las Vegas Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and Henderson Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Burton and Stephanie Ihler.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated January 25, 2022