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Three sentenced in Cameron Village robbery

Posted January 20, 2011

— Three suspects in an armed robbery and police chase in Raleigh last February have received federal prison sentences ranging from eight to 20 years.

Tahji Antoine Eley, 19,  Michael Javon Spencer, 20, and Shaniqua Shonta Burrell, 20, received sentences this month in connection with the Feb. 11, 2010, robbery of the manager of Moe’s Southwest Grill in Cameron Village. Co-defendant Dwight Sherrod Taylor, 22, is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Eley was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, and Spencer to more than 10 years. Both prison sentences will be followed by five years of supervised release.

In October, the two pleaded guilty to conspiring to rob a business in interstate commerce, aiding and abetting a robbery of a business engaged in interstate commerce, and aiding and abetting the use and carry of a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

Eley also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal. State Department of Correction records show that he has four previous felony drug convictions and had spent 16 months in jail during the two years prior to the 2010 robbery.

Burrell was sentenced eight years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. She was also fined $6,400.

She has a previous misdemeanor assault conviction, and Spencer has convictions for assault and receiving stolen goods, DOC records show.

Taylor, whose criminal record dates to 2004, has been convicted of common-law robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and four counts of selling drugs.


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  • Bartmeister Jan 20, 2011

    SEE IT??? Stevie Wonder could describe it in detail to Ray Charles.............

  • Kingfish Jan 20, 2011

    Imagine that! There is a real theme going in almost ALL crimes being commited. Can anyone else see it???

  • simplysmurfy Jan 20, 2011

    The girl looks so pleased with herself

  • Caveman93 Jan 20, 2011

    Classy culture!

  • Igor Jan 20, 2011

    Just to clarify, possession of a gun by a convicted felon is a federal offense...glad to see these lowlifes off the street.

  • jscletsplay1002002 Jan 20, 2011

    @ Ol Forrester
    I beleive a gun was involved which makes it a federal crime. More time, etc....

  • Bartmeister Jan 20, 2011

    Not surprising. Dregs of society at it's finest point.

  • JKKC Jan 20, 2011

    notagain, just checking, you've been here before and have seen what I was talking about!!

  • I know some stuff Jan 20, 2011

    ....and I'll bet there's folks who think these criminals will be restored to 'fine citizens' through this jail time ! We need a better system of 'justice', because this is just another episode of a never ending cycle of crime (and I'm not referring to JUST these 4 people, young criminals in general).

  • maydaymanny Jan 20, 2011

    @notagain1903 - What does the color of his skin have to do with the fact that they committed robbery and those are the sentences for anyone of any color?