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

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lenoir, N.C. Man Is Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison For Jewelry Store Robbery

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Jeramie Lee McSweeney, 39, of Lenoir, N.C., to 70 months in prison and three years of supervised release, for the 2015 robbery of a jewelry store, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. McSweeney was also ordered to pay $176,400 in restitution.

John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief Bill Harrell of the Highlands Police Department join U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

According to documents filed with the court and today’s sentencing hearing, on July 2, 2015, McSweeney and his co-conspirator, Gregory Lee Gobble, robbed the Gold-n-Clipper jewelry store located in Highlands, N.C.  Court records show that Gobble entered the jewelry store, broke the glass casing, and stole two pieces of jewelry valued at $176,400.  According to court records, Gobble and McSweeney were seen fleeing the scene in a vehicle driven by McSweeney.  Highlands police officers arrested McSweeney later the same day.   According to documents filed with the court and today’s sentencing hearing, McSweeney recruited Gobble to assist in the commission of the robbery.

On February 11, 2019, McSweeney pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery. Gobble, who was arrested in South Carolina on August 2016, was previously sentenced to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Murray thanked the FBI and the Highlands Police Department for their investigation of this case.

Assistant United States Attorney John Pritchard, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville, is in charge of the prosecution..

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated August 22, 2019