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Man gets 226 years in prison for robbery spree, shooting

Posted August 28, 2009 12:43 p.m. EDT

— A Raleigh man was sentenced Thursday to 226 years in federal prison for a string of armed robberies last year that included a convenience store hold-up in Wake Forest in which the clerk was shot.

Kendricus Marquell Williams, 21, of 505 E. Davie St., Apt. C, was convicted in May of nine counts each of a Hobbs Act robbery and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Hobbs Act prohibits robbery or extortion that affects interstate commerce.

One of the nine robberies was at a Quality Food Mart on South Main Street in Wake Forest on Feb. 29, 2008. Clerk Samir Patel was shot in the abdomen during the robbery, authorities said.

During another robbery, a clerk's young daughter was sitting on the convenience store counter when Williams came in with a gun and robbed the store, authorities said.

After Williams was arrested on March 11, 2008, prosecutors said he tried to gain the sympathy of investigators by claiming that he needed the money from the robberies because his son needed a kidney transplant.

Williams' co-defendant, Jesse Lee Bundy, 20, of 1312 Rio Valley Drive, Apt. 104, in Raleigh, testified against him. He hasn't been sentenced yet.