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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced the indictment by federal grand jury, of four Louisville men charged with the armed robbery, as well as attempted robbery, of five businesses located in Jefferson County.
The suspects are also accused of discharging a firearm during the course of a robbery. These federal charges stem from "Project Recoil," the on-going partnership of multiple Jefferson County law enforcement agencies.
The project was developed by U.S. Attorney Hale, Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad, ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey, FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye Turner, and U.S. Marshal James Clark to maximize penalties for the most violent offenders and to reduce violent crime.
The ten-count indictment charges 22-year-old Jescell Whittle and 23-year-old Tony Trumbo, Jr. with four counts of obstructing interstate commerce through robbery, one count attempted robbery and four counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery.
Dahntel Newsome, 18, is charged with two counts of obstructing interstate commerce through aiding and abetting a robbery, one count of attempted robbery and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery.
James Gore, Jr., 23, is charged with two counts of obstructing interstate commerce through aiding and abetting a robbery and one count brandishing a firearm during a robbery.
All defendants, except Newsome, face an additional count of brandishing and discharging a firearm during a robbery.
Whittle, Trumbo and Newsome are charged with robbing the Cricket Wireless located at 4442 Cane Run Rd. on Oct. 22, 2012, the attempted robbery of the Cricket Wireless located at 3125 West Broadway on Oct. 23, 2012, and robbing the JC Cigarette Outlet located at 2714 Crums Lane on Oct. 29, 2012.
Whittle, Trumbo and Gore are charged with robbing the Thornton's located at 4516 Poplar Level Rd. on Oct. 30, 2012, and the Speedway, located at 3030 Taylor Blvd. on Oct. 31, 2012. The federal robbery charges are brought pursuant to the Hobb's Act, which criminalizes robberies that affect interstate commerce.
If convicted at trial, Whittle and Trumbo face a mandatory 100 year prison sentence for robbery and attempted robbery, a 107 year sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and a $2.5 million fine.
Newsome faces a 60 year sentence for robbery and attempted robbery, a 57 year sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and a $1.75 million fine. Gore faces a 40 year sentence for robbery, a 32 year sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence, and a $1 million fine.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Spencer McKinness and is being investigated by the LMPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.