Columbia man sentenced on robbery, gun charges

cwinston@thestate.comOctober 9, 2013 

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— A 22-year-old Columbia man was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison on robbery conspiracy and gun charges.

John Wesley Boyce III was sentenced to 106 months by U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie in federal court on charges of conspiracy to committ a Hobbes Act robbery and possession of firearms during a violent crime. The prison sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Boyce and four codefendents were accused possessing multiple weapons on the way to a planned robbery in October 2012. The codefendents all plead guilty and were sentenced earlier this year.

Jacquan Olando Jones, 23, of Columbia was sentenced to 15 years. Travis Howard, 33, of Columbia was sentenced to more than 12 years. Vernon Davis, 23, of Columbia was sentenced to more than eight years. And Eddie Wilbert Mobley, 26, of Columbia was sentenced to more than nine years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey D. Haynes of the Columbia office handled the case.

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