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Man admits to robbing Fayetteville liquor store

Posted January 28, 2011

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— A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he robbed a liquor store in Fayetteville last January, federal prosecutors said.

Joel Matthew Covington pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery – a federal charge that applies to crimes affecting interstate commerce – and to the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Investigators said that Covington went to the Cumberland County Alcohol Beverage Control store on Person Street on Jan. 15, 2010. Prosecutors said that after waiting in line, he pulled out a handgun, stole $389 from the cashier and threatened to "blow all of your heads off" if anyone followed him.

Covington will be sentenced in April. He faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Covington's criminal record in North Carolina dates to 2003 and includes multiple breaking-and-entering and larceny convictions, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • fatchanceimwrong Jan 28, 2011

    Life in prison...right. Not for only $389.

    I recall the recent story of the 2 sisters who were given life sentences for luring a guy into an attack by some guys and they apparently only stole a couple hundred bucks. There was alot of outrage that the sentence didn't fit the crime since they didn't actually hurt anyone and the amount stolen was so low. The jail let them go because one wanted to donate an organ to the other.

    Will there be the same outrage if this guy gets a life sentence for a crime where nobody was hurt and the amount stolen was so low? Maybe he'll find him a cousin to donate a liver to so he can get out too.

  • Guitarman Jan 28, 2011

    He faces life and a $250,000.00 fine. He just stole 389 bucks where do you think he is going to get 250 grand from.

  • gmuny33 Jan 28, 2011

    He needs to go, but that really sounds like a trumped up charge. Either way, he's outta here, and he could've told somebody where he hid the the good stuff.

  • hiyadun Jan 28, 2011

    Did he get any liquor in the process? A couple of big bottles of the good stuff would have been more than the cash he stole.

  • dwr1964 Jan 28, 2011

    Give him life....He is obviously a waste of his.