Crime

Charlotte carjacker receives a 12-year sentence

A Charlotte man who pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking will spend 12 years in federal prison.

Antonio Cordiara McClary, 25, was sentenced to 148 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad called the carjackings “heinous” and said that McClary’s actions “caused unfathomable terror to the victims.”

On Jan. 5, 2012, McClary carjacked a woman and forced her to withdraw $500 from an ATM while pointing what appeared to be a firearm at her head, according to prosecutors. McClary then forced the victim into the trunk of her 2010 Honda Accord while he drove around for nearly 30 minutes.

McClary later abandoned the car and told the woman not to get out of the trunk, prosecutors said. She was able to escape and call police about an hour later.

On Jan. 20, 2012, McClary confronted a second woman who was getting out of her car in her apartment parking lot, prosecutors said. McClary appeared to have a gun and a knife and forced the woman back into her car, then took her keys.

McClary drove the woman to an ATM and forced her to withdraw $500, prosecutors said. While driving away from the ATM, McClary threatened to “splatter the victim’s brains all over the windshield,” and later said that he knew where she lived and would come back to kill her if she reported him to the police, prosecutors said.

McClary eventually abandoned the victim in her car, prosecutors said.

In both cases, the gun McClary used was an air rifle that fired pellets.

McClary pleaded guilty to both carjackings in April 2013. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

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