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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 17, 2018

Man Convicted of Robbing Local Whataburger

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 22-year-old Corpus Christi man has entered a guilty plea to robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

On March 14, 2018, the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) responded to an aggravated robbery at the Whataburger located in the 4100 block of South Staples. Upon their arrival, officers discovered that a male – later identified as Dveaunta Montez Hall, 22 - had entered the business and pointed an assault rifle employees and customers while demanded money from the register. He then fled the location on foot.

A short while later, responding officers located Hall, who still had the assault rifle in his possession, near the location. During the investigation, officers discovered Hall had stolen the assault rifle from a nearby apartment shortly before committing the robbery.

Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey accepted Hall’s plea today and set sentencing for March 17, 2019. At that time, he faces up to 20 years imprisonment and a maximum $250,000 fine for the robbery and a minimum and mandatory seven years for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, which must be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed.

He has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.

CCPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated December 17, 2018