For Immediate Release
Scranton Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Armed Robberies of Efuel and Sunoco Gas Stations
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Durrell Davenport, age 27, of Scranton, was sentenced on August 8, 2018, to ten years’ imprisonment and three year’s supervised release by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for two armed robberies of gas stations in the City of Scranton.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Davenport previously pleaded guilty to the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in connection with the armed robbery of the EFuel gas station, located on Pittston Avenue in Scranton, which occurred on June 8, 2017. Approximately $266 and several packs of cigarettes were taken in the robbery. Davenport also previously pleaded guilty to the charge of interference with commerce by armed robbery, in connection with the robbery of the Sunoco gas station, located on South Main Avenue in Scranton, which occurred on June 20, 2017. Approximately $312 and several packs of cigarettes were taken in that robbery. Davenport was indicted by a grand jury for both robberies in November 2017. A co-conspirator, Amod Phillips, age 28, of Scranton, was also indicted by the grand jury for the armed robbery of the Efuel gas station and was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment by Judge Mannion.
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.
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