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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Minnesota

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 5, 2024
Andrew M. Luger
, United States Attorney

Mississippi Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Prison for a Violent Hobbs Act Robbery and Firearms Violations

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 155 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for a violent Hobbs Act robbery and firearms violations, including possessing a stolen firearm and aiding and abetting false statements during the purchase of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, Ladarius Jaleel Snipes, 27, and his co-conspirators, Kendarrius Keshaun Willard, 27, and Anna Trameri Novacheck, 28, agreed to illegally acquire firearms through a straw purchasing conspiracy. On Nov. 1, 2021, Snipes, Willard and Novacheck went to a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) to purchase a firearm. At the direction of and with assistance from Snipes and Willard, Novacheck purchased an Alex Pro model Econo 5.56 caliber semiautomatic pistol. During the purchase, Novacheck signed the ATF Form 4473 stating that she was the actual buyer of the firearm when, in fact, she was buying it for Snipes and Willard. Willard has prior felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time. Snipes was later photographed holding the firearm with an attached large capacity magazine.

On Jan. 5, 2022, Snipes burglarized a home in St. Paul. A doorbell camera captured Snipes breaking a window and entering the home. While inside, Snipes stole an Aero Precision model X15 multi-caliber semiautomatic pistol. During the burglary, Snipes used a firearm he acquired in the straw purchasing conspiracy to shoot and kill the homeowner’s golden retriever.

On Aug. 7, 2021, Snipes entered a restaurant in Cleveland, Mississippi, armed with a semiautomatic pistol. Snipes showed the firearm and demanded that a store employee give him the money in the cash register. When one of the employees ran to the back of the kitchen, Snipes discharged the firearm to scare the employees. Snipes was charged in the Northern District of Mississippi with Hobbs Act robbery and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.

On Aug. 31, 2023, Snipes pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting false statement during the purchase of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, Hobbs Act Robbery, and discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence. Snipes was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge Donovan W. Frank.

On May 30, 2023, Willard pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting false statement during the purchase of a firearm and was sentenced to 90 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. On June 7, 2023, Novacheck pleaded guilty to conspiracy to make false statements during the purchase of a firearm and was sentenced to three years of probation.

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the St. Paul Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Cleveland (Mississippi) Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez from the District of Minnesota and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Mims from the Northern District of Mississippi prosecuted the case.

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St. Paul Field Division