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Co-defendants plead guilty to rash of Raleigh armed robberies

Posted February 4, 2010 5:17 p.m. EST

—  Two of 10 people charged in a series of Raleigh armed robberies pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court.

Brian Anthony Johnson, 23, of 821 N. King Charles Road in Raleigh, and Quinton Lamont Battle, 20, of Raleigh, face up to 20 years in prison followed by up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for aiding and abetting the robbery of a business.

The group targeted delivery drivers, as well as a taxi driver and Family Dollar store in north Raleigh at which one suspect worked, investigators said. One robbery victim was assaulted and suffered serious injuries.

The armed robberies began in September 2008 and continued through February 2009.
Three of the men’s co-defendants previously pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to prison time for the crimes.

Joseph Andrea Tinsley, 23, of 804 Belmont Drive in Raleigh, faces 158 months in prison.

Christopher Sherod Clay, 22, of Raleigh, got a 48-month sentence.

Anastasia Ashley Richardson, 22, of 1639-B Burgundy St. in Raleigh, was sentenced to 52 months in prison.