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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of North Carolina

For Immediate Release

February 05, 2013

Thomas G. Walker, United States Attorney

Contact: Don Connelly, Public Information Officer
(919) 856-4172

Raleigh Man Sentenced For Commercial Robberies And Weapons Offenses

NEW BERN – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced ANTONIO RASHAAO DOVINE, 23, to 146 years imprisonment followed by 5 years supervised release and ordered to pay $7,590.00 in restitution.

On November 16 1 2012, DOVINE was found guilty by a jury after a week long trial in federal court in New Bern, North Carolina to one count of conspiracy to Rob a Business Engaged in Interstate Commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1951; five counts of Aiding and Abetting the Robbery of a Business Engaged in Interstate Commerce and one count of Attempted Robbery of a Business Engaged in Interstate Commerce, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1951 and 2; six counts of Aiding and Abetting the Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, ie Robbery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924 (c) (1) (A) and 2; and three counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm in violation of Title 18, United state Code, Section 922(g) (1) and 924.

Evidence presented by the United states during the trial showed that on April 14, 2011, DOVINE; along with co–conspirators entered the Exxon Gas station located at 1200 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh and robbed the business. During the robbery a clerk and customer were physically assaulted by the robbers. Later that same day, DOVINE, along with his co–conspirators robbed the McDonald's reataurant located at 5016 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh. Next, on April 22, 2011, DOVINE, along with co–conspirator robbed the Hampton Inn located at 1001 Wake Towne Road, in Raleigh of US currency. Later that same evening, DOVINE and his co–conspirators, robbed the Courtyard Marriott located at 3908 Arrow Drive, in Raleigh of US currency and an employee's laptop computer. On April 27, 2011 DOVINE,
and his co–conspirators robbed the Wingate Inn located at 2610 Westinghouse Blvd, Raleigh, during which DOVINE struck the cashier in the face with the butt of a shotgun. Finally, on May 3, 2011, DOVINE and his co–conspirators attempted to rob the Family Fare BP gas station on 2120 New Bern Avenue in Raleigh but fled the scene before taking any currency. Firearms were used during all of these robberies.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives–Raleigh, and the Raleigh Police Department, Assistant United States Attorneys Ethan A. Ontjes and Leslie K. Cooley prosecuted the case for the government.


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