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Four sentenced to federal prison in robbery conspiracy

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Four men have been sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty to several drug and gun charges.

23-year-old Jacquan Olando Jones, 33-year-old Travis Howard, 23-year-old Vernon Davis and 26-year-old Eddie Wilbert Mobley were sentenced in federal court Wednesday.  They pleaded guilty to several charges in April.

Jones, Howard, Davis and Mobley were arrested in October of 2012. 

Jones was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years probation.  Howard was sentenced to 12 and 1/2 years in prison with three years of probation.  The U.S. District Judge sentenced Davis to a little more than eight years in prison followed by five years of probation.  And Mobley was sentenced to 9 1/4 years in prison with five years of probation.   

Prosecutors say in September of 2012, Jones, who is a prohibited felon, sold handguns, ammunition, and marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Jones also admitted to the informant  that he, Howard, Davis and Mobley planned to use guns in a robbery.  Agents caught up with the men before the robbery.

Based upon their prior convictions, all four are prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.  Prosecutors say Jones and Davis were associated with the Bloods gang. 

Another man indicted in connection with the case is awaiting trial.

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