How long you could spend in jail for armed robbery
A gang member who was a teenager when he and another man carried out a nighttime home invasion at a Lexington County home will be in his 40s when he is released from federal prison.
Quintrell Morris, 20, of Columbia, pleaded guilty last year to federal charges of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to use/carry/possess/brandish firearms during and in relation to and in furtherance of a violent crime, use/carry/possession/brandishing firearms during and in relation to and in furtherance of a crime of violence, and felon in possession of a firearm an ammunition. U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis sentenced Morris on Tuesday to more than 22 years in federal prison.
During the early hours of Dec. 30, 2017, Lexington County deputies responded to a 911 call on Maple View Drive, which is off St. Andrews Road not far from Irmo Middle School, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. They found a door to the home open, and inside were Morris his codefendant Brandon Thompson.
A woman, who was identified as the homeowner, had been tied up, and deputies also found her two children, one of whom called 911, according to the release. The woman told deputies two men forced her to open a safe and give them the money from it.
The two intruders had a loaded AR-15 and Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, and deputies later found a ballistic vest in Thompson’s vehicle, prosecutors said. An investigation determined that the two men went to the home to rob the owners of proceeds from various businesses that they operated.
Morris and Thompson, both of whom are convicted felons, are prohibited from possessing firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Morris, who is a gang member, had just been placed on probation two months before the home invasion for convictions of possession of a stolen vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Thompson has already pleaded guilty to federal charges in the home invasion but has not yet been sentenced.