DOJ Seal

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Thursday, August 2, 2018
David J. Freed
, United States Attorney
Contact: Dawn Mayko

Scranton Man Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Fuel Gas Station


SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Amod Phillips, age 28, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on July 31, 2018, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to serve seven years’ imprisonment for the armed robbery of the EFuel gas station located on Pittston Avenue in Scranton.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Phillips previously pleaded guilty to the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Phillips and another individual, Durrell Davenport, age 28, also of Scranton, were indicted by a grand jury in November 2017 for the armed robbery of the EFuel gas station on June 8, 2017. Approximately $266 and several packs of cigarettes were taken in the robbery. Davenport is currently awaiting sentencing.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Mannion ordered that Phillips be supervised by a probation officer for three years upon release from prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Scranton Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), 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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN 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.

# # #

Philadelphia Field Division