A Charlotte man was sentenced today to at least 19 years in prison for his involvement with two other men in a string of armed robberies in 2009, including a Lincoln County business, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the state’s Western District said.
Rashard Dean Boyd, 23, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 235 months behind bars without parole, according to a press release.
Boyd, along with two other defendants who’ve since been sentenced in the case, including Shameron and Cameron Hallman, both of Charlotte, together robbed nine different businesses throughout the region between July and August 2009, the release said.
One of the incidents occurred at Advance Auto Parts in Denver, according to Lia Bantavani, public information officer with the U. S. Attorney’s Office.
Boyd carried out two additional armed robberies that summer, bringing the grand total of incidents to 11.
In addition to Denver, locations of the targeted businesses, which included nine auto parts stores and a Domino’s Pizza and Subway restaurant, spanned Charlotte, Huntersville, Concord, Belmont, Kannapolis and Rock Hill, S.C.
In the robberies, the men used firearms to threaten their victims, some of whom were children, locked some individuals in bathrooms and put one person in a headlock, forcing him to the ground, the release said.
On Oct. 30, a judge sentenced Shameron Hallman, 25, to 176 months behind bars and his brother Cameron Hallman, 20, to 114 months in prison.
All three men pled guilty to one count each of carrying and brandishing firearms in connection with the robberies and conspiracy to commit robberies of businesses affecting interstate commerce, also known as “Hobbs Act” robberies, the release said.
Each defendant has also been ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution and undergo two years of supervised release.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Kaufman served as lead prosecutor in the case.
Law enforcement agencies that assisted Concord Police Department and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with the investigation included police departments in Rock Hill, Kannapolis, China Grove, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Belmont and Gaston County along with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.