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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cahokia Man Sentenced To Over 44 Years In Prison For Armed Robberies

Cases Were Brought as part of the United States Attorney’s Office Anti-Robbery Initiative

LaMarcus D. Jackson, 29, of Cahokia, Illinois was sentenced to 44 ½ years in prison on a six-count indictment charging him with two counts of Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery and Interference with Commerce by Robbery, which are violations of the Hobbs Act, and with two counts of Use and Carry of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence in connection with the armed robbery of the Alps Grocery Store that occurred in Cahokia on December 11, 2014, and the armed robbery of Shop n’ Save that occurred in Cahokia on January 11, 2015, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois announced today. Jackson was also ordered to pay $8,700 in restitution to the victims and a $600 special assessment. Jackson will be on supervised release for 5 years once he is released from prison.

Documents filed in the U.S. District Court establish that on December 11, 2014, Jackson, Undray Webb and Byron Holton entered the Alps Grocery Store, located at 800 Upper Cahokia Road, in Cahokia, Illinois, masked and armed with three firearms. Jackson, Webb, and Holton pointed the firearms at the store employees and demanded money. Jackson, Webb, and Holton took approximately $1,700 from the registers and a safe and fled the store.

The documents further establish that one month later, on January 11, 2015, Jackson, Holton, Webb, and a fourth conspirator, Devante Hodges entered the Shop n’ Save, located at 1028 Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia, Illinois, masked, gloved and armed with four firearms. Jackson, Webb, Holton and Hodges pointed the firearms at employees and customers within the store. Holton jumped the service counter and demanded the employees place money from the safe into a black book bag while Jackson, Webb and Hodges stood guard at the door with their firearms. Jackson, Webb, Holton and Hodges then left the store and fled the area in a vehicle being driven by a getaway driver, Durand Harper. Approximately $7,000 was stolen during the robbery.

Jackson was arrested and interviewed by law enforcement. During the interview Jackson admitted to being one of the three gunmen who robbed the Alps Grocery Store and identified Byron Holton and Undray Webb as the other two gunmen. Jackson also admitted to being one of the four gunmen who robbed the Shop n’ Save a month later and identified Byron Holton, Undray Webb and Devante Hodges as the other three gunmen and Durand Harper as the getaway driver. Jackson admitted that he receive approximately $1,000 in proceeds from the Shop n’ Save robbery.

As to Byron Holton, his case is still pending, therefore, he is presumed innocent of the charges unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the Cahokia Police Department, the Sauget Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Ali Summers for prosecution.

Updated June 16, 2016