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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Arizona

For Immediate Release

November 10, 2011

Ann Birmingham Scheel, United States Attorney

Contact: Manny Tarango, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana
(602) 514-7625

Phoenix Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery

TUCSON, Ariz. — Deon McElrathbey, 25, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to ten years imprisonment for interference with commerce by threats or violence, following a plea of guilty on July 19, 2011.

On April 18, 2009, McElrathbey and his accomplice Kolany Chatmon forcibly entered the apartment of the victims in Tucson. Chatmon and McElrathbey each pointed a handgun at the victims), proceeded to take various items of property, and threatened to kill the victims, all in furtherance of an anticipated drug deal Chatmon and McElrathbey had orchestrated.

On June 29, 2011, Kolany Chatmon, 30, also pleaded guilty to interference with commerce by threats or violence and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment on September 26, 2011.

The investigation in this case was conducted by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Tucson Police Department, with assistance from the Phoenix Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Angela W. Woolridge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.


RELEASE NUMBER: 2011–252(Chatmon)