WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A man was sentenced to prison in federal court Wednesday in connection to two robberies, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Samuel Earl Gaines, 29, was sentenced to 17 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty in October 2012 to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possessing and using a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, robbery of a business and possessing and using a firearm during a crime of violence.
Gaines was also ordered to pay a $400 special assessment.
In July 2011, Gaines and others went to rob the home of a man whom they thought had a large amount of marijuana. During the robbery, the victim was shot four times, and the suspects involved stole various items of personal property along with the marijuana.
Less than two weeks later, Gaines and others went to Able Auto Insurance Agency, held the employees there at gunpoint and robbed the business. Immediately prior to that robbery, Gaines and two suspects went to a Dollar General store to buy sunglasses to wear during the robbery.
Gaines admitted his involvement in both robberies after he was questioned by law enforcement officials.
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