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Clayton cousins get federal prison time for robbery

Posted April 29, 2012

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— Two cousins have been sentenced to federal prison for robbing a Clayton drugstore at gunpoint last year.

Ishmael Avive Santiago, 21, pleaded guilty to federal robbery and weapons charges and was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in prison.

Rahiem Moses Santiago was sentenced in March to more than 14 years behind bars.

Prosecutors said that the cousins conspired with a 15-year-old to steal a rifle, and then the men robbed a Walgreen's store at 11306 U.S. Highway 70 West early July 28, 2011. Rahiem Santiago, then 18, struck the female clerk with the butt of the rifle, authorities said.

Rahiem Santiago was arrested the next day after carjacking a woman and leading authorities on a chase, police said.

The 15-year-old was charged as a juvenile in connection with the Walgreens robbery.


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  • muggs Apr 30, 2012

    What else can we do,criminals are never going to stop trying and as long as LEO's keep trying then we will keep an even balance,it is the sentencing phase that needs to be more committed to detering the return of these criminals,they should serve their terms,no early outs for good behaviour,total years of sentence should mean just that,best we can hope for is making them pay the price for their crimes,the blame is squarely on the shoulders of those who break the law,not their past,or their financial status, or their ethnic group,quicker justice and meaningful sentences,what else to we have to work with.

  • blahblahblah Apr 30, 2012

    Just guessing, but maybe a federal offense because it was a drug store. Maybe they stole prescription drugs???

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Apr 30, 2012

    What makes this a federal offense?

  • ladyblue Apr 30, 2012

    I feel a little safer in town now and when i look at this picture i could almost swear this man has been in our apartment building to visit one of my neighbors.....In fact he looks like the one who ran to our building shot in the foot claiming someone had shot him from the street driving by. I didn't believe that story then and don't believe it now.

  • cwood3 Apr 30, 2012

    If you put them to work-the crazy a.. liberals will say we need to pay them more, give them more time to watch TV,...

    So they can come out and do the same again!! What a country!!

  • sunshine1040 Apr 30, 2012

    I wonder how many of the parents of these youths spent some time in jail also? I am close to several of my cousings but not clowe enough that I would do something that stupid but then then My cousins did not do jail time either

  • rickandlinda88 Apr 30, 2012

    not enough time..be out in 5-7 years..back on streets;robbing and stealing again..only worse..

  • fatchanceimwrong Apr 30, 2012

    It's a shame that it's not 11 years of hard labor. Instead it's basketball, weightlifting, television and hanging with the peeps. That's our joke of a prison system.

  • Wags Apr 30, 2012

    It's nice that they will have quality family time together for the next 11 years.