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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Justin E. Herdman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Akron Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Dollar General

An Akron man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Dollar General.
 
Deonte Griffin, 29, was sentenced to 144 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent. Griffin previously pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act robbery, use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
 
Griffin used a firearm to rob the Dollar General at 901 Copley Road in Akron on August 30, 2017, according to court documents.
 
Griffin possessed a .25-caliber pistol and ammunition despite a previous conviction for aggravated robbery which made it illegal for him to have a firearm, according to court documents.
 
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN was reinvigorated in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
 
It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Akron Police Department.
 
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Columbus Field Division