Man gets 33 years for restaurant holdups

Associated Press

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RALEIGH — One of two men accused in the armed robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant in Elizabeth City more than two years ago has been sentenced to 33 years in federal prison after being convicted of firearms violations.

DeShaun Spruill, of Robersonville, was sentenced Tuesday for his role in a string of robberies of restaurants in eastern North Carolina, Don Connelly, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said.

Spruill and three other men robbed a number of outlets of McDonald’s, Burger King, Bojangles’, KFC, Popeyes and Subway restaurants, Connelly said.

Spruill and a man awaiting sentencing, Prentise Wilkins, held up the McDonald’s in the 1300 block of West Ehringhaus on Jan. 20, 2012, Connelly said.

According to an Elizabeth City police report, the robbers made off with $2,000 in currency and $25 in coins. Lt. Mike Boone said Tuesday there are no police records showing the money was ever recovered.

Trevin Gibson, of Greenville, another man sentenced Tuesday for the robberies, was ordered to spend 45 years behind bars, Connelly said. Gibson received an additional two years because he violated the release terms of his prior conviction on another charge.

Gibson’s brother, Michael, also of Greenville, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in federal prison for his role in the robberies, Connelly said.