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Robber gets big time for $336 take

Lavonte Lamont Hallman’s third robbery of an auto parts store netted him $336 – and more than 24 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn sentenced the 25-year-old Charlotte man this week for robbing an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store on Old Statesville Road on the day after Christmas 2011.

In July 2012, a jury convicted Hallman on robbery, conspiracy and firearms charges. The case was held in federal court because Hallman was accused of violating the Hobbs Act, which applies to crimes against companies engaged in interstate commerce.

Citing Hallman’s two earlier robbery convictions involving auto parts stores, Cogburn said the community needed protection from a serial felon and sentenced Hallman to 294 months in federal prison. He has been in custody since April 2012.

Hallman entered the auto parts store with a yellow cloth covering his face and a .25-caliber pistol in his hand, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. He ran out of the store with cash from two registers and hid in bushes across the street until Ronald Demetrius Campbell drove up in a white Mercury getaway car. Law enforcement officials later stopped the car. Hallman fled on foot and was caught after a short chase, prosecutors say.

Campbell, 37, was convicted of Hobbs Act robbery and sentenced in March to 41 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

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