Raleigh man sentenced with others for hotel robberies

From staff reportsMay 22, 2014 

— A federal judge this week sentenced the last of five people, including a Raleigh man, to lengthy periods behind bars for a string of 2012 robberies of hotels and pawn shops, including a hotel in Raleigh.

Marvin Anthony Blango of Vanceboro; Diquan Antione Bell and Clifford Earl Horton III, both from Bayboro; Antonio Ray Stevens of New Bern and DeMarcus Deon Driggers of Raleigh were all sentenced in connection to a series of hotel robberies in New Bern and the Hilton Garden Inn in Raleigh, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh announced Thursday.

Driggers, 21, pled guilty last September to the interference with commerce by threats or violence, aiding and abetting and with using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. He was sentenced in January to 10 years and six months in prison , followed by five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Blango, 20, was the last of the five to be sentenced, on Wednesday. He will spend nearly 14 years in prison for the theft of a firearms license from a federal firearms licensee, interfering with commerce by threats or violence, using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and aiding and abetting.

Bell and Horton, both 20, and Stevens, 42, were sentenced after pleading guilty to similar offenses: Bell was sentenced to nearly six years, Horton will spend the next 14 years behind bars, while Stevens received the longest sentence, 15 years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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