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A 23-year-old Hattiesburg man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to committing Hobbs Act Robbery in robbing a Family Dollar store and will be sentenced on May 5.

D’Andre Garry pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the plea.

On March 31, 2019, Garry and an associate robbed a Family Dollar store in Hattiesburg.  As his companion held the cashier at gunpoint, Garry emptied the cash register.  The robbery was captured by store surveillance and Garry was quickly apprehended by Hattiesburg police officers.

Garry will be sentenced by Starrett at 9:45 a.m. on May 5.  He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and Project Guardian. EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness.

EJECT stands for “Empower Justice Expel Crime Together.” PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Hattiesburg Police Department investigated the case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew W. Eichner.

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