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Pair plead guilty to Raleigh robbery spree

Posted January 21, 2009

— Two men have pleaded guilty to robbing a string of convenience stores and restaurants in Raleigh last summer, authorities said Wednesday.

Rapheal Davonne Powell, 24, of Raleigh, and David Michael Wesley Jr., 19, of Knightdale, both pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to commit Hobbs Act robbery and two counts each of aiding and abetting the use of a firearm in a crime of violence. They will be sentenced later.

Between July 5 and July 9, the pair and a third man 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 Wesley was carrying a .380-caliber handgun during the hold-ups, authorities said.

The third robber, Samuel Keith Kerr, 21, of Raleigh, previously pleaded guilty to the same federal charges in the robbery spree.


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  • meh2 Jan 22, 2009

    They will be out and plying their trade in months.

  • John Q Public Jan 21, 2009

    Thank goodness! Making Raleigh safe...1 slimeball at a time.

  • workingforthosethatwont Jan 21, 2009

    Please let me sentence them. Just give me four years on the bench...that's all I ask.

  • blackdog Jan 21, 2009

    ...TEN solid years for use of a weapon...no early release. Plus the robbery charges on top of that to run consecutive. If I could hand out the sentence.

  • Dolphan Jan 21, 2009

    Hobbs Act Link


  • Journey985 Jan 21, 2009

    Forgive my ignorance, But what is the Hobbs Act? But I do agree...give them 20years to teach them a lesson!

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jan 21, 2009

    ? Hobbs Act is usually associated with Union related violence. What has this to do with multible c-store crimes? These men need 20 years minimum. Because NC law is so slack, many DA's are now looking for federal violations. Only way to put these people away without making DA look bad to the voters.