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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of North Carolina

For Immediate Release

November 5, 2012

Anne M. Tompkins, United States Attorney

Contact: Lia Bantavani

Last of Three Defendants Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Prison for String of 11 Armed Robberies

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The last of three defendants involved in a string of armed robberies in the summer of 2009 was sentenced to 235 months in prison today, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. ordered Rashard Dean Boyd, 23, of Charlotte to serve two years of supervised release and to pay $14,629.62 as restitution.

Joining U.S. Attorney Tompkins in making today's announcement are Wayne L. Dixie, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Guy Smith, of the Concord Police Department.

According to filed documents and statements made in court, Boyd committed 11 robberies between July and August of 2009, and Shameron Waddel Hallman, 25, and his brother, Cameron Jamond Hallman, 20, both of Charlotte, each participated in nine of them with Boyd.

The three defendants were each charged with and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit robberies of businesses affecting interstate commerce, also known as Hobbs Act robberies, and one count of carrying and brandishing firearms in connection with the robberies. Court documents show that over the two-month period the defendants targeted businesses located in Charlotte, Huntersville, Concord, Belmont, Denver, Kannapolis and Rock Hill, S.C. The defendants robbed nine auto parts stores, a Domino‘s Pizza store and a Subway restaurant, with a total of 77 individual victims, some of whom were victims in two robberies of the same business. The defendants wore white T-shirts to conceal their identity and used violence and threats of violence to control employees and customers of the businesses. In all of the robberies, they pointed firearms at the victims, including some young children in their parents‘ arms, and took their personal property and the businesses‘ property. After one robbery, a victim had to be taken to the hospital with heart problems. In some robberies, the defendants locked victims in the bathroom. During one robbery, one of the robbers grabbed a victim from out of his car. In another robbery, one of the defendants grabbed a victim in a headlock and threw him to the ground. During yet another robbery, one of the defendants racked his shotgun and shouted You don‘t think this is real?! or words to that effect.

On October 30, 2012, Judge Cogburn sentenced Shameron Hallman to 176 months in prison, and Cameron Hallman was sentenced to 114 months in prison on October 19, 2012. Both of the Hallmans were also ordered to serve two years of supervised release after their release from prison, and to pay restitution in the amount of $14,629.62 to victims.

All three defendants have been in local federal custody. Upon designation of a federal facility they will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The investigation was handled by the ATF and the Concord Police Department, assisted by the Rock Hill Police Department in South Carolina, the Kannapolis Police Department, the China Grove Police Department, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff‘s Office, the Belmont Police Department, and the Gaston County Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Steven R. Kaufman.

United States v. Boyd; 3:11-cr-277; 3:11-mj-262

United States v. Shameron Hallman; 3:11-cr-171; 3:11-mj-262

United States v. Cameron Hallman; 3:11-cr-161, 3:11-mj-262