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North Carolina man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for robbery, brandishing a firearm

A Tarboro man was sentenced on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 to 130 months in prison for robbery and brandishing a firearm during the robbery, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina. Rashawn Demond Lyons, 26, pleaded guilty to the charges on September 2, 2020.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Lyons robbed the Kangaroo Express located on West Raleigh Boulevard in Rocky Mount on October 13, 2019.

“Lyons approached the store clerk and produced an AR-15 style rifle from under his coat,” stated the release. “Lyons then pointed the rifle at the store clerk and demanded currency from the cash register. Lyons fled the store with $300. Officers were able to apprehend Lyons using the store’s video surveillance recordings and civilian tips.”

G. Norman Acker III, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Rocky Mount Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case with assistance of the Nash County District Attorney’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney John Parris prosecuted.

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