For Immediate Release
Tampa Man Sentenced to 29 Years for Armed Robbery
Tampa, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge U.S. District Court Judge Susan C. Bucklew today sentenced Shamorcus Brandan Nesbitt (28, Tampa) to 29 years in federal prison for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interference with commerce by robbery, carrying a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of firearm and ammunition. Nesbitt was found guilty by a federal jury on February 12, 2015.
According to evidence presented at trial, law enforcement identified Nesbitt and England Alexander Wilson as suspects in several commercial armed robberies in the Tampa Bay area. On May 20, 2014, Nesbitt and Wilson robbed a Little Caesar’s Pizza in Tampa, Florida. After tracking Nesbitt and Wilson’s movements, investigators recovered items used in the robbery, including clothing, gloves, and the firearm. Ultimately, both Nesbitt’s and Wilson’s DNA was found on gloves used in the robbery.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tampa Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons and Josephine W. Thomas.
This is another case prosecuted as a part of the Department of Justice’s “Project Safe Neighborhoods” Program - a nationwide, gun-violence reduction strategy. United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, along with Regina Lombardo, Special Agent in Charge, ATF, is coordinating the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort here in the Middle District of Florida in cooperation with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials. It is also a part of ATF’s Frontline strategy to combat gun violence in communities.