A 49-year-old Detroit man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Detroit for armed robbery and related charges, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. Ms. McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Robert D. Foley, III, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Andra Coleman was sentenced by the Honorable Marianne O. Battani to 120 months in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release.
The facts established in court are that Coleman entered the CVS Pharmacy at 8900 Telegraph in the city of Redford on January 15, 2012. Armed with a handgun, Coleman first disarmed the security guard working in the pharmacy. As the store manager saw the masked gunman, he quickly dialed 911. Employees of the pharmacy were threatened, forced into the manager’s office, and ordered to the floor. Mr. Coleman then ordered the manager, at gunpoint, to open the store safe. Coleman took about $1,500 and fled.
Officers recovered two weapons along a path that Coleman took as he fled the scene. The gun that Coleman had brought with him, fully loaded with a round chambered, had been reported as stolen in Detroit a few months earlier.
United States Attorney Barbara McQuade stated, “Criminals who commit violent crimes with guns harm our quality of life. Stiff sentences like this one are needed to protect the public.”
Special Agent in Charge Foley stated, “Gun violence instills fear in our communities and endangers lives. The FBI is committed to arresting those responsible and seeing them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
The cooperative efforts of the Redford and Dearborn Police Departments, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force, were recognized and applauded by U.S. Attorney McQuade. Assistant United States Attorney John O’Brien of the office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit prosecuted the case for the United States.