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Two Robeson County men sentenced for robbery, gun crimes

Two Robeson County men were sentenced Friday for a robbery of a convenience store in Fayetteville a year ago, the office for the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of North Carolina announced Friday.

Daniel Thompson, 22, of Fairmont, and Elijah Mitchell, 24, of Lumberton, pled guilty in June to interference with commerce by means of robbery and aiding and abetting and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and aiding and abetting.

Thompson was sentenced to 112 months and Mitchell was sentenced to 125 months in federal custody by Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, a news release said.

According to U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon, the men entered a Murphy USA gas station in Fayetteville on Sept. 9, 2018. Thompson brandished a firearm at the store clerk and demanded money from cash register. Mitchell then jumped over the counter and stood by the clerk as she removed money from the register. The men also stole cartons of cigarettes and other tobacco products from the store.

The robbery was captured on surveillance video, which assisted in the arrests of Thompson and Mitchell.

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