Crime & Courts

Robbery spree gets Charlotte man nearly 40 years in prison

A Charlotte man who police say pointed a gun at a restaurant employee’s head and pulled the trigger during a 2012 robbery has been sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison, federal prosecutors say. The gun did not fire.

Tony Humphrey, 20, had pleaded guilty in January 2013 to three different robberies, including two bank robberies. He will not be eligible for parole.

He was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Frank Whitney to 39 years and 3 months in prison.

Two men identified by prosecutors as Humphrey’s accomplices already have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.

On April 6, 2012, police said Humphrey and Corey Miller attempted to rob a Sonic restaurant. According to court records, Humphrey entered the restaurant with a handgun and demanded money. When the employee said she could not give him money, police said, Humphrey pointed a gun at the woman’s head and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.

Humphrey and Miller also attempted to rob Crown Auto Sales and Finance on April 14, 2012, prosecutors said.

Those were not Humphrey’s only robberies that month, authorities said. He also was accused of robbing the Regional Finance bank on Tryon Street on April 3 and a Regional Finance branch on East Independence Boulevard on April 16. Prosecutors said Humphrey pointed a gun at employees in both cases.

And on April 13, 2012, prosecutors said, Humphrey and Adonte Young robbed a PNC Bank branch on East Boulevard. According to court records, one of the robbers fired two shots as they left the bank.

Miller entered a guilty plea in January 2013 and was sentenced a month later to 11 years in prison. Young entered a guilty plea in January 2013 and was sentenced two months ago to 10 years in prison.