An Albemarle man was sentenced to 72 years in prison Tuesday for shooting at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers and days earlier robbing poker players at a south Charlotte business.
Ramar Dion Benjamin Crump, 26, was sentenced after a Mecklenburg County jury found him guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
On Sept. 29, 2013, Crump fired six shots at police who responded to a 911 call about men loading guns into a car in a parking lot on North Tryon Street, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. One shot hit a dump truck behind the spot where one of the officers had been standing – only 12 inches from the officer’s head, prosecutors said.
Crump led police on a more than 20-mile pursuit before his car was stopped in Cabarrus County and he and two other occupants surrendered.
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Crump’s sentence also was for crimes he pleaded guilty to involving the armed robbery of several poker players on Sept. 24, 2013.