BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Two men involved in a series of violent robberies at cell phone stores in metro Atlanta have been sentenced to federal prison.
US Attorney Kurt Erskine said Dontavious Matthews, 31, and Quentin Truley, 27, showed no respect for human life when they held customers and employees at gunpoint during of an armed robbery in Brookhaven in 2017.
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Erskine said Truley and Matthews entered the store, pointed guns at employees and ordered everyone to the ground. Matthews then forced the store manager into a back room and opened the safe. Truley held employees and customers at gunpoint while Matthews pulled cellphones out of the safe. The men then fled from the scene.
The theft was caught on surveillance cameras and the men left their fingerprints in the store.
Eleven days later, Truley and an unknown accomplice committed a similar robbery at a cellphone store in Lithonia, prosecutors said. The store manager had placed a tracker phone with the other stolen phones and police used it to track down Truley, who was found hiding in the bushes of a nearby apartment complex.
“Violent conduct like the armed robberies in this case will not be tolerated in our community,” said Chris Hacker, FBI Atlanta Special Agent in Charge. “The FBI is proud to work with our local law enforcement partners to help convict these offenders at the federal level, where they face harsher sentences and no possibility of parole.”
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Matthews was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison, followed by three years of probation. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $19,321.
Truley was sentenced to 19 years and three months in prison followed by five years of probation. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $40,400.91.
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