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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal jury has convicted Damarcus Donte Ivey, 35, of Charlotte, of Hobbs Act robbery and committing murder while using and possessing a firearm during and in furtherance of the robbery, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. presided over the two-week trial, which ended yesterday afternoon.
U.S. Attorney Rose is joined in making today’s announcement by John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division; C.J. Hyman, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division; and Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
According to court documents, evidence presented at trial and witness testimony:
On September 10, 2009, Ivey and Kevin Bishop robbed Club Nikki’s, located at 3001 Little Rock Road, in Charlotte. Over the course of the robbery, Ivey and Bishop pointed guns at the club’s patrons and staff, ordered them on the floor, and took personal items from the patrons and cash from the club. Trial evidence showed Ivey take items from the male victim before he fired a shot that killed him. Ivey and Bishop then fled the scene in a Ford F-150. Six minutes after the initial 9-1-1 call, a CMPD officer observed Ivey and Bishop exiting I-85 onto Beatties Ford Road. A chase ensued that ended in a vehicle crash and Ivey and Bishop attempted to flee from CMPD officers on foot. Both men were apprehended by CMPD officers within minutes and were found in possession of proceeds from the robbery. Inside the Ford F-150, officers located the wallet of one of the club’s patron and $355 in cash scattered about the floorboard.
Ivey is currently in federal custody. The Hobbs Act robbery charge carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine. The murder while using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence charge carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison. A sentencing date for Ivey has not been set. Kevin Bishop was convicted on state charges in 2014 and was given a 16-20-year sentence for his role in the robbery.
In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Rose said, “I want to thank the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office for their coordination and partnership with my Office in the successful prosecution of this case.”
U.S. Attorney Rose also commended CMPD, the FBI, and the ATF for their investigation of the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Craig Randall and William Bozin, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, are in charge of the prosecution.