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Second man arrested in robbery at high-stakes poker game in Raleigh

Posted November 23, 2011

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— A second man has been arrested in connection with a robbery at a high-stakes poker game that turned into a fatal shooting, a Raleigh police spokesman said Wednesday. 

Henry Hobgood, 24, is charged with 11 counts of attempted robbery and 11 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery. He was taken to the Wake County jail.

Police say two men burst into a home on Sweetbriar Drive in July wearing masks and carrying guns in an attempt to rob several poker players. A struggle ensued and both intruders were shot.

Brandon Dwain Shelton, 28, was found dead in the backyard, search warrants state. Brian Matthew Onley, 23, was taken to WakeMed with a gunshot wound to his arm, and was arrested upon his release. 

Onley faces 11 counts of armed robbery and 11 counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Police said that Hobgood was not at the home the night of the shooting, but that he had played poker there in the past.

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  • fayncmike Nov 24, 2011

    "Conspiracy charges are frequent uses by police to force other people to tell as much as possible about information"

    Information obtained under duress is often not too reliable.

  • dsdaughtry Nov 23, 2011

    the police charged him because he perhaps has information about the robbery. Conspiracy charges are frequent uses by police to force other people to tell as much as possible about information they perhaps knew or perhaps dont know about a crime. Its up to a judge or jury to determine if he did or didn't know about the crime. The fact is that he knew someone involved - thus conspiracy charges are presented. In essence, you can plea the 5th if you are a suspect. You cannot plea the 5th or remain silent if you are not a direct suspect but have knowledge about others. That is conspiracy and attempted charges for knowledge. Its strange but charges like these occur hundreds of times a week in our courts.

  • jyll Nov 23, 2011

    i dont get it ... he wasnt there but he was arrested for it?

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 23, 2011

    Knew it would just a matter of time before someone was arrested that had the inside scoop.