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Man gets 30 years in prison for Raleigh robbery spree

Posted March 31, 2009

— A Raleigh man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in federal prison for robbing a string of convenience stores and restaurants in Raleigh last summer.

Samuel Keith Kerr II, 22, pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery and aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to repay $1,879 to his victims.

Between July 5 and July 9, three men robbed a Rite Aid Drug Store, the Stop 1 Market, the Lighthouse Food Mart and the Tienda Todo Guerrenrense Mexican Restaurant, authorities said. They wore bandannas over their faces and long-sleeved hooded sweatshirts, and one of the men carried a .380-caliber handgun during the hold-ups, authorities said.

Rapheal Davonne Powell, 24, of Raleigh, and David Michael Wesley Jr., 19, of Knightdale, have both pleaded guilty to the same charges in the robberies and are awaiting sentencing.

“My office continues to be concerned about the extraordinarily high level of armed robberies in Raleigh and in Wake County," U.S. Attorney George Holding said in a statement. "The sentence handed down (in this case) is proof that we are taking this trend  seriously, and we plan to continue working with the Wake County District Attorney, the Raleigh Police Department and the Wake County Sheriff’s Office to reduce these crimes.”


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  • Titus Pullo Mar 31, 2009

    colliedave: you've got a computer, why didn't you search for the answer yourself?

    from Wikipedia:

    The Hobbs Act, named after Congressman Sam Hobbs (D-Al) and codified at 18 U.S.C. § 1951, is a U.S. federal law that prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce. Section 1951 also proscribes conspiracy to commit robbery or extortion without reference to the conspiracy statute at 18 U.S.C. § 371. Although the Hobbs Act was enacted as a statute to combat racketeering in labor-management disputes, the statute is frequently used in connection with cases involving public corruption, commercial disputes, and corruption directed at members of labor unions.

    The Hobbs Act covers two distinct forms of extortionate activity: extortion by fear — that is, traditional robbery, and extortion under color of law. Extortion under color of law occurs where a government official uses his position to obtain payment from a victim. Unlike the federal

  • 8675309-9 Mar 31, 2009

    Great News! This guy deserved a punishment and got one.

    Wonder how many years he will actually serve!

  • colliedave Mar 31, 2009

    pleaded guilty in December to conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery

    WRAL, 99% of the audience reading this do not know what this act entails. I assume that it isn't one done with his buddy, Calvin, as a partner.

  • Jeremiah Mar 31, 2009