Crime & Courts

Charlotte man sentenced for his role in armed robberies

A Charlotte man has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison for his role in a series of armed robberies more than two years ago in the University City area, authorities said.

Tommy Moses, 30, was convicted last week by a Mecklenburg County Superior Court jury on four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of attempted kidnapping, according to prosecutors. Before the trial, he entered a guilty plea to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Moses was sentenced to between 16 years nine months and 22 years 1 month in prison.

He was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in August 2012 and charged in connection with two robberies near the Shoppes at University Place. Police said that in one case, a suspect drove two victims to a bank and forced them at gunpoint to use their debit cards to withdraw money from their accounts.

Latoya Bianca Howie, 26, identified by police as Moses’ girlfriend, also was charged in the case. North Carolina prison records show that Howie was sentenced last year to 36 months’ probation.