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Date: 01-13-2023

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United States of America v. James Dennard Squire

Case Number: 1:21-cr-00336

Judge: Catherine C. Eagles

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (Guilford County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Greensboro, NC

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Description: Greensboro, North Carolina criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with committing seven Hobbs Act robberies.

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James Dennard Squire, age 36, pleaded guilty on July 12, 2022, to all seven Hobbs robberies charged in the Indictment.

Evidence showed that SQUIRE robbed the following Greensboro businesses between October 18, 2020, and November 13, 2020: Circle K, 3700 Groometown Road; Walgreens, 300 E. Cornwallis Drive; CVS, 309 E. Cornwallis Drive; Crossroads Exxon, 5800 W. Market Street; Handy Kwik Shop, 2103 E. Cone Boulevard; Walgreens, 3001 E. Market Street; and Great Stops, 5412 W. Market Street. Amounts taken from store clerks during the robberies ranged from $3,177 to $138. In six of the seven robberies a firearm was brandished.

At sentencing, United States District Judge Catherine C. Eagles imposed a 186-month term of imprisonment for each of the seven robberies, the sentences being ordered to run concurrently. SQUIRE was also ordered to pay $10,674.44 in restitution and to serve concurrent 3-year terms of federal supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Greensboro Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clifton T. Barrett and former Assistant United States Attorney Veronica L. Edmisten.

18:1951(a) and 2 Interference with commerce by threats or violence

(a) Whoever in any way or degree obstructs, delays, or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion or attempts or conspires so to do, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property in furtherance of a plan or purpose to do anything in violation of this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

(b) As used in this section—

(1) The term “robbery” means the unlawful taking or obtaining of personal property from the person or in the presence of another, against his will, by means of actual or threatened force, or violence, or fear of injury, immediate or future, to his person or property, or property in his custody or possession, or the person or property of a relative or member of his family or of anyone in his company at the time of the taking or obtaining.

(2) The term “extortion” means the obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right.

(3) The term “commerce” means commerce within the District of Columbia, or any Territory or Possession of the United States; all commerce between any point in a State, Territory, Possession, or the District of Columbia and any point outside thereof; all commerce between points within the same State through any place outside such State; and all other commerce over which the United States has jurisdiction.

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 15.5 years in prison.01/13/2023 38  Minute Entry for proceedings held before JUDGE CATHERINE C. EAGLES. Sentencing as to JAMES DENNARD SQUIRE held on 1/13/2023 on Counts 1 through 7. AUSA Clifton Barret present on behalf of the Government. AFPD John Dusenbury present as counsel for the defendant. Defendant present in custody. Court adopts Presentence Report without change. See exhibit and witness list. Judgment forthcoming. (Court Reporter Jane Allen.) (Winchester, Robin) (Winchester, Robin). (Entered: 01/13/2023)

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