Michael Devonte Hill of Robeson County was sentenced 25 years in prison Tuesday in federal court in Raleigh for robbing three Fayetteville-area convenience stores two years ago.
Hill, 26, pled guilty in April to three counts of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced. Hill also will have five years of supervised release after being released from prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, on July 25, 2017, Hill entered the Circle K on Rosehill Road, jumped the counter while brandishing a handgun, collected $205 from the clerk and ran from the store. As he fled, he fired a round in the parking lot in an apparent attempt to scare a witness who had driven into the lot.
Three days later, on July 28, 2017, Hill and another man entered a Circle K on Yadkin Road just before midnight. They robbed the store of $246 dollars. Hill struck the cashier with a firearm.
On July 30, 2017, Hill and another man robbed another Circle K, this time on Owen Drive. Hill struck the clerk with a firearm and threatened to kill the person, before taking off with $114.
Hill’s face was covered in each robbery, but the surveillance video confirmed that he wore the same shoes and possessed the same firearm each time.
Ballistic testing revealed that a shell casing recovered from the July 25 robbery matched a Taurus 9mm handgun that had been reported stolen in Fayetteville earlier in July. The theft victim identified Hill as the person who had taken the gun.
Officers arrested Hill, who was found to still be in possession of the same Taurus handgun.