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July 16, 2015

Essex County, New Jersey Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Convenience Store Robbery Spree

NEWARK, NJ—A Newark man was sentenced today to 168 months in prison for committing six armed robberies of Newark convenience stores—including the same grocery store twice within a week, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Larry McRae, 28, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him with six counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

From June 30, 2012, through Sept. 15, 2012, McRae entered convenience stores in Newark on six different occasions and robbed the store clerks at gunpoint. During the spree, he robbed the same P & T Grocery on Sept. 5, 2012 that he robbed on Sept. 1, 2012. Also, during the Sept. 15, 2012, robbery, he discharged one round from a .357 Magnum handgun as he exited the store. He was apprehended by the Newark Police Department later that morning.

In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced McRae to serve three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Eugene Venable and Chief Anthony Campos, for their work in this case.

The government is represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office General Crimes Unit in Newark.

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