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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Savannah man pleads guilty to role in armed carjackings and attempted robbery

Violent crimes carry sentence of up to life in prison

BRUNSWICK, GA:  A Savannah man who participated in an attempted robbery and armed carjackings across south Georgia has pled guilty to a series of violent crime charges.

Samuel Renardo Chisholm, a/k/a “Chilly Willy,” a/k/a “Pooh,” 29, of Savannah, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to brandishing a firearm during an attempted carjacking in Ware County, and conspiring to use and carry a firearm during a carjacking in Savannah and an attempted armed robbery in Waycross, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charges carry a possible penalty of up to life in prison, and there is no parole in the federal system.

“These crimes terrorized multiple innocent citizens who shouldn’t have to live in fear of violent attacks,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “We applaud the efforts of our local, state and federal law enforcement partners in investigating these violent crimes.”

As described in court documents and testimony, on July 25, 2019, Chisholm participated in the armed carjacking of a woman in Savannah.  The next day, Chisholm participated in the attempted robbery of a customer outside the TJ Maxx store in Waycross, Ga., and then a short time later, he attempted to carjack a vehicle in Ware County by brandishing a handgun.  He was arrested by Ware County law enforcement shortly after the attempted carjacking and has remained in custody.

“Who knows how many more innocent citizens would have been terrorized if local law enforcement had not made this arrest,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The cooperation between local and federal agencies will lead to a sentence that hopefully will ease the trauma to the victims of these violent crimes.”

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Savannah Police Department, the Ware County Sheriff’s Office, and the Waycross Police Department, and prosecuted for the United States by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

Topic(s): 
Project Guardian
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Contact: 
Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer: 912-652-4422
Press Release Number: 
163-20
Updated November 5, 2020