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August 18, 2014

Orlando Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Armed Robbery

ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Darin Leon Givens (32, Orlando) to a total of nine years in federal prison for the robbery of a retail store and the use and carrying of a firearm during that robbery. The Court also ordered Givens to forfeit the firearm and ammunition used in the crime and to serve a five-year term of supervision following his incarceration. Givens pleaded guilty on May 20, 2014.

According to court documents, on March 7, 2014, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Givens and another individual, both wearing masks, entered the CVS store located at 9975 Lake Underhill Road in Orlando. Givens approached CVS employee/victim A.R., pulled out a handgun, and pointed it at A.R. Givens demanded money and told A.R. to take him and his accomplice to the safe in the store’s office. A.R. complied with Givens’ demands and led the robbers to the store’s office.

When they arrived at the office, A.R. knocked on the door and asked CVS employee/victim E.V. to let them in. E.V. opened the office door, and the robbers pushed A.R. into the office. Once inside, Givens told A.R. to open the safe or he would shoot. After A.R. opened the store’s safes, Givens and his accomplice took approximately $4,300. Givens and his accomplice told A.R. and E.V. to lie down on the ground. The robbers then zip-tied their victims’ hands behind their backs and fled with the cash. Law enforcement officers caught Givens and his accomplice as they ran to their getaway car that was parked on the side of the road near the store.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph M. Schuster.

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