Saturday, June 6, 2015

FBI: Serial Armed Robber Gets Substantial Prison Term

The FBI website offers a piece on a serial armed robber.

It was a highly effective combination of local and federal resources. A 38-year-old man was identified by local police as the suspect in a series of frightening armed robberies of businesses in the Birmingham, Alabama area, one of which ended with a customer getting shot. Local authorities contacted the FBI’s Birmingham Field Office with a request for assistance—they wanted to see if their suspect could be charged under the federal Hobbs Act, taking advantage of its harsher penalties

The multi-agency investigation that followed led to this particular suspect—Jamey Lee Matthews—pleading guilty to four counts of robbery under the Hobbs Act. And just last month, he received a 25-year federal prison term. The judge also ordered him to pay $208,000 in restitution to the man he shot and to the stores he robbed.

The series of robberies Matthews was charged with took place during October 2012, and among the businesses he robbed were a convenience store, a dollar store, a supermarket, a pharmacy, and a gas station. His first job was the convenience store, which he entered just after 4 a.m. on October 11, 2012, with a shotgun. He threatened the female clerk, who complied with his order to open the register. Subsequent robberies were similar—he would enter the store with a firearm, often wore a Halloween mask, threatened employees and customers, and demanded money.

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