Rocky Mount Robber Sentenced to 92 Months’ Imprisonment

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NEW BERN, N.C. – Jesse Lamont Jenkins was sentenced this week in federal court to 92 months’ imprisonment for his role in an armed robbery of an ABC store located on Westwood Drive in Rocky Mount, NC.

Jenkins pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act robbery on December 14, 2021.

“Hardworking people should never be threatened at gunpoint for simply doing their jobs,” said U.S. Attorney Easley.  “We are committed to keeping Rocky Mount a safe place to work and raise a family – and we will keep partnering with local law enforcement to take violent career criminals off the streets of Eastern North Carolina.” 

According to court documents and other information presented in court, on August 10, 2019, Jenkins, 30 years old, and Eric Montrell Mobley, entered the ABC store located on Westwood Drive in Rocky Mount. The robbers brandished a firearm demanding money and threatened to “smoke” the employees if they did not comply with their requests.  Jenkins and Mobley took $3, 316.72 and fled the store.  Jenkins and Mobley were later arrested.  Mobley is scheduled for sentencing in July.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by  U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rocky Mount Police Department  investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane J. Jackson  prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:20-cr-00290-FL-2.