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Man gets 226 years in prison for robbery spree, shooting

Posted August 28, 2009

— A Raleigh man was sentenced Thursday to 226 years in federal prison for a string of armed robberies last year that included a convenience store hold-up in Wake Forest in which the clerk was shot.

Kendricus Marquell Williams, 21, of 505 E. Davie St., Apt. C, was convicted in May of nine counts each of a Hobbs Act robbery and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Hobbs Act prohibits robbery or extortion that affects interstate commerce.

One of the nine robberies was at a Quality Food Mart on South Main Street in Wake Forest on Feb. 29, 2008. Clerk Samir Patel was shot in the abdomen during the robbery, authorities said.

During another robbery, a clerk's young daughter was sitting on the convenience store counter when Williams came in with a gun and robbed the store, authorities said.

After Williams was arrested on March 11, 2008, prosecutors said he tried to gain the sympathy of investigators by claiming that he needed the money from the robberies because his son needed a kidney transplant.

Williams' co-defendant, Jesse Lee Bundy, 20, of 1312 Rio Valley Drive, Apt. 104, in Raleigh, testified against him. He hasn't been sentenced yet.


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  • Tarheelfan13 Aug 28, 2009

    Huey, he will not be out in a few years. Remember that he is a federal prisoner and not a North Carolina prisoner. Federal prisoners do not get parole like state prisoners so but are on a different system like an earlier poster alluded to. Since his sentence was 226 years it will be a very long time before he would even have the opportunity to be released. Not to mention that the Federal Bureau of Prisons have prisons across the country so overcrowding is not a problem.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 28, 2009

    "Man gets 226 years in prison for robbery spree, shooting"

    He will probably be eligible for parole in 22 months.(wink, wink) Why don't we sentence people to actual terms, instead of the fairytale 226 year type sentences? We ALL know he will NOT spend his entire life in prison. So why say he got 226 years in prison? Our STUPID justice system.

  • Huey Aug 28, 2009

    I agree that he will be out in a few years. They always are cause we got a lousy justice system. Either some lawyer, some bleeding heart judge, or some overcrowded jail will come along and he will return to his hometown to commit more mischief.

  • Tarheelfan13 Aug 28, 2009

    ncsudan, he was tried and sentenced by the US government in federal court and not a North Carolina state court. Therefore, he cannot appeal based on a crime disparity in sentencing based on North Carolina laws because North Carolina laws are irrelevant and have no legal standing in this conviction. He can appeal of course but it would be the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia that would be hear his appeal if he chooses to appeal. One thing is for sure is that the feds do not play around at all when it comes to sentencing and like an earlier poster alluded to federal judges are appointed for life and not elected. Federal judges serve for life as long as they remain in good standing.

  • Diabolical Aug 28, 2009

    "He shot someone. Do you think that it was no big deal because he didn't actually kill the person?"

    Ok, let the guy fry and die but do you really need to add an overkill. You know the guy won't live to be 226 yrs old.

  • boingc Aug 28, 2009

    "Why waste the money on this guy. Execute him."

    "wasting tax payers money (MY MONEY)....just hang him or shoot him...save us the money"

    Once again people, it costs more money to execute someone than to imprison them for life. Check your facts!!!

  • purplepat777 Aug 28, 2009

    This young man wasted his life. He's 21 and now he'll spend the rest of it behind bars. What's the point?

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Aug 28, 2009

    "My comment stands! He did not kill anyone just rob. Think!"

    He shot someone. Do you think that it was no big deal because he didn't actually kill the person?

  • Tired Of Excuses Aug 28, 2009

    It's about time those who don't follow the rules of society are held accountable. He was probably a product of his environment and didn't have a Dad around to "whoop him when he got out of line and acted like he was grown" ( a comment from a co-worker...lol) 21 years old?? Geez...he should have been preparing to graduate from college. What a waste. Shame on his Mama or whoever raised this young man. You FAILED on many levels. Great, now my tax dollars are going to take care of YOUR mistake.

  • rugrat462 Aug 28, 2009

    wasting tax payers money (MY MONEY)....just hang him or shoot him...save us the money