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Man sentenced to 175 years for discount store armed robberies

Posted December 5, 2012

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— A Wayne County man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 176 years in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies at discount stores in the Goldsboro area in 2010.

Federal court Judge James C. Dever also ordered Domonic Devarrise Usher, 30, to pay $13,749 in restitution to the businesses he robbed.

The sentencing follows Usher’s conviction in July 2012 on 15 charges, including robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce, conspiracy and possession of a firearm in a violent crime.

United State Attorney Thomas G. Walker said Usher and five others conspired to rob the stores over four months, from 2009 to 2010. He said the group twice robbed a Dollar General store on U.S. Highway 117 in Goldsboro, and another on U.S. Highway 13. They also hit the same Dollar General in Wilson twice, along with one in Pikesville. A Family Dollar in Goldsboro also was robbed.

Walker said the method used in each crime was the same: The masked defendants entered the stores, and one pointed a gun while the others took cash from the register and safe. Another co-conspirator served as a lookout and getaway driver.

The case was part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a multiagency initiative to target repeat offenders and reduce gun crime.

Information on the other suspects was not available.


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  • snowbunny1991ks Dec 6, 2012

    I have a friend who's fiancee was murdered and the guy who did it recieved 14 years!! I do agree that they deserve some kind of punishment, but really 175 years!!?? That's just ridiculous!! I agree with Dale...Laws and sentenances need to be changed!!!!

  • Lady Marksman Dec 5, 2012

    A person has a choice to commit crime - or not. When the chance of getting caught is not enough to deter the criminals, the punishment if they ARE caught should be severe enough that they decide it's not worth the risk.

    When that happens, then you will see crime rates drop!

  • Dale Dec 5, 2012

    So basically I can drink and drive and kill someone with my car or molest a child and get less than this guy. IMO, this is the craziest sentence ever. Our laws and sentences need to be changed.

  • Lady Marksman Dec 5, 2012

    Again, justice system is a joke! When someone is sentanced to 30 years, they should be in prison for 30 years. When someone is sentanced to death, they should be put to death within 10 days of sentancing. The criminals have more rights than they are entitled to. A criminal should lose certain rights that they enjoyed as a non-criminal!

  • piene2 Dec 5, 2012

    "The judge made the right decision. Wish there was more exactly like him.

    The sentence will be reduced to something like fifteen years, out in seven, on appeal. One hundred seventy five years was nothing but a gesture on the judges part.

  • Its the who what Dec 5, 2012

    Well you all know what race he was to get that kind of time. He had kids as young as 16 involved in this string of crimes that happened in 2010. With his influence on those young kids and the intimidation that was probably involved with those kids AND the victims; he deserves alot of time in jail. BUT 175 years??? Out of all those robberies, he only had to pay $13,000 in restitution!!! It wasnt even that much money!! Their criminal buddies ex attorney Crouch and ex judge Ruth; they committed multiple crimes that could have resulted in MULTIPLE murders; but they get 12 months and NO TIME respectively. What is that about???? All three all need to wear jump suits, take pictures together and be recognized as the dirty felons that they will forever be. I just wish that the justice was fair and equitable. Must be the bow tie.....unless its worn by someone in the Nation of Islam.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 5, 2012

    The judge made the right decision. Wish there was more exactly like him.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 5, 2012

    ...too bad ignorance isn't a federal crime...

    Ignorance? then many would certainly be sitting in prison, wouldn't they?

  • NiceNSmooth Dec 5, 2012

    and pedifiles get how many years?

  • SFSOLDIER Dec 5, 2012

    I do not think they get a break on a Federal crime sentence. They pull the time, period.