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Three sentenced in Cameron Village robbery

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

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Tahji Antoine Eley
WILMINGTON, N.C. — 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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