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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 21, 2021

Charlotte Man Is Sentenced To Nine Years For Robbing Store Owner At Gunpoint

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. sentenced Solomon Davon Gilliam, 37, of Charlotte today to 108 months in prison for robbing a store owner at gunpoint, announced William T. Stetzer, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  Judge Cogburn also ordered Gilliam to serve two years of supervised release after he is released from prison.

Richard R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief Johnny Jennings, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, join Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer in making today’s announcement.

According to filed court documents and today’s sentencing hearing, on June 30, 2018, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Gilliam entered Tobacco 2022, a retail store located at 2020 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte. The store owner, M.D., and Gilliam were alone inside the store at the time. Soon after entering, Gilliam approached M.D. and struck him in the back of the head, causing M.D. to fall down. While holding a pistol in his hand, Gilliam ordered M.D. to hand over his wallet. The victim complied and Gilliam took $500 from the victim’s wallet along with the victim’s phone. Gilliam then threatened to kill M.D. if M.D. did not open the store’s register. The victim opened the register and Gilliam took approximately $2,800 in cash. After ordering the victim to stand in the corner, Gilliam fled the store on foot. Gilliam was later arrested by law enforcement in South Carolina.

In July 2020, Gilliam pleaded guilty to robbery of a business affecting interstate commerce, or Hobbs Act robbery. He is currently in custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. 

The investigation was handled by the FBI and CMPD.  Assistant U.S. Attorney William Bozin, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, prosecuted the case.   

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated October 21, 2021