Gastonia: Yakotus Odum Sentenced For Armed Robbery

Gastonia: Yakotus Odum Sentenced For Armed Robbery

Convicted Felon, Yakotus Odum On Supervised Release Is Sentenced To 9 1/2 For Armed Robbery

CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) Yakotus Odum, 31, of Gastonia, North Carolina, was sentenced late yesterday to 114 months in prison and five years of supervised release in connection with the 2018 armed robbery of a convenience store, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. presided over the hearing.

Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, and Chief Travis Brittain of the Gastonia Police Department are joining U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

On September 25, 2020, a federal jury convicted Odum of Hobbs Act robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to court documents, evidence presented at Odum’s trial, and court hearings, on March 31, 2018, Odum robbed a Circle K convenience store located at 516 Cox Road in Gastonia.  Trial evidence established that Odum stole approximately $100 from the cash register at gunpoint.  On April 14, 2018, in a second incident, Odum illegally possessed a stolen firearm. 

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