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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of South Carolina

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For Immediate Release

July 10, 2013

Contact Person: Stacey D. Haynes
stacey.haynes@usdoj.gov
(803) 929-3000

Four Columbia Men Sentenced on Hobbes Act Robbery and Firearm Charges

Columbia, South Carolina — United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that JACQUAN OLANDO JONES, a/k/a "Jay," a/k/a "Squeeze," age 23, TRAVIS HOWARD, age 33, VERNON DAVIS, age 23, and EDDIE WILBERT MOBLEY, a/k/a "Bird," age 26, all of Columbia, South Carolina were each sentenced this week after earlier pleading guilty to various charges arising from their federal arrests on October 30, 2012. In April 2013, JONES, HOWARD, DAVIS, and MOBLEY each pled guilty to conspiracy to commit a Hobbes Act robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951(a). Additionally, JONES, MOBLEY, and DAVIS each pled guilty to use/possession of firearms during and in furtherance of a crime of violence and/or drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c) and 2; JONES and MOBLEY each also pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2); and JONES pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(D).

JONES was sentenced to a total of 180 months (15 years) imprisonment with 5 years of supervised release to follow the term of imprisonment; HOWARD was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment (12.5 years) with 3 years of supervised release to follow; DAVIS was sentenced to a total of 101 months (8.4 years) imprisonment with 5 years supervised release to follow; and MOBLEY was sentenced to a total of 111 months (9.25 years) imprisonment with 5 years supervised release to follow. United States District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie of Columbia imposed the sentences.

Evidence presented at the earlier change of plea hearings established that on September 18, 2012, JONES, a prohibited felon, sold two handguns, ammunition, and a quantity of marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Thereafter, JONES engaged in a conversation with the confidential informant about a robbery of kilogram amounts of drugs. A plan was discussed in which HOWARD, DAVIS, and MOBLEY, along with another indicted co-conspirator, were to conduct the robbery while armed with firearms. Agents with ATF arrested HOWARD, MOBLEY, DAVIS, and another indicted co-conspirator on October 30, 2012, while enroute to the robbery. Inside the vehicle, agents recovered two shotguns, a .40 caliber handgun, and pepper spray.

Based upon their prior state convictions, all are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. JONES, a Bloods gang member, has prior state convictions for assault with intent to kill (2 counts). DAVIS, a former Bloods gang member, has a prior state conviction for accessory after the fact of armed robbery. HOWARD has prior state convictions for distribution of cocaine, strong arm robbery (2 counts), assault on officer while resisting arrest, possession of pistol, possession of cocaine, and was on state bond for burglary 2nd degree and grand larceny. MOBLEY has a prior state conviction for burglary 3rd degree and was on state parole.

The indicted co–conspirator is currently awaiting trial. Therefore, his charges within the Indictment are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases. Assistant United States Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.

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