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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of North Carolina

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Anne M. Tompkins
, United States Attorney
Contact: Lia Bantavani

Man Sentenced to Prison for more than 12 Years for Carjackings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced a Charlotte man today on charges stemming from two 2012 carjackings committed in Charlotte, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Antonio Cordiara McClary, 25, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 148 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Rodney D. Monroe of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) join U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and today’s sentencing hearing:

McClary carjacked a woman on January 5, 2012, and forced her to drive to her bank and withdraw $500 from an ATM. During the carjacking, McClary pointed what appeared to be a firearm at the victim’s head. Following the forced withdrawal of money from the ATM, McClary forced the victim into the trunk of her 2010 Honda Accord while he drove around for thirty minutes. McClary later abandoned the car with the victim locked in the trunk and told her not to get out. An hour later, the victim was able to escape the trunk and call police.

On January 20, 2012, McClary confronted a second woman who was getting out of her car in her apartment parking lot and forced her back into her car with what appeared to be a firearm and a knife. McClary took the victim’s car keys and drove the woman to the bank ATM, forcing her to withdraw $500. Later, while driving from the ATM, McClary threatened to “splatter the victim’s brains all over the windshield.” Following the carjacking, McClary abandoned the victim in her car and told her not to report the carjacking to the police because he knew where she lived and said he would come back and kill her. In both incidents, what appeared to be a firearm was later determined to have been an air rifle that fired pellets. In April 2013, McClary pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking.

In announcing the sentence, Judge Conrad stated that the offenses were a “heinous couple of carjackings that caused unfathomable terror to the victims.” Judge Conrad noted that he imposed the 148 month sentence to protect the public from further crimes of the defendant.

The defendant has been in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was handled by ATF and CMPD. The prosecution for the government was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Gleason of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

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Charlotte Field Division