ERIE, Pa. – A former resident of Detroit, Michigan, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of Hobbs Act robbery, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
Devon Ashley Edwards, 37, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about November 19, 2018, Edwards and a co-defendant entered the Jared-Galleria of Jewelry in Millcreek Township and used a hammer to smash display cases and remove jewelry.
Judge Baxter scheduled sentencing for December 9, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Millcreek Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Edwards.
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