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A Sharpsburg registered sex offender has been indicted on federal firearm and robbery charges stemming from a dozen stickups in six counties, including Wilson and Nash.
A federal grand jury in Greenville handed down true bills of indictment for 19-year-old Jequayves Britt, prosecutors said Thursday.
He faces 12 counts each of interference of interstate commerce by robbery and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Britt robbed or attempted to rob a dozen businesses in Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe, Pitt, Halifax and Greene counties last July, said Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
If convicted, Britt faces a sentence up to life imprisonment.
Britt is a registered sex offender, convicted of taking indecent liberties with an 8-year-old child when he was 16.
Also indicted in the same crimes is Jacob Evans, 23, of the Gates community in northeastern North Carolina.
The robbery cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone, Higdon said.
The effort has been implemented through the Take Back North Carolina Initiative of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Participating in the investigation were police departments in Wilson, Sharpsburg, Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids, Greenville, Pinetops; sheriff’s offices in Wilson and Greene counties; the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Assistant U.S. Attorney J.D. Koesters is prosecuting the case.