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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A man was sentenced to prison Tuesday in connection to a robbery that took place near the UNC Wilmington campus, according to a news release from officials with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dominic C. King, 25, was sentenced to 16 and a half years in prison with five years supervised release, along with being ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
King, who is described as an armed career criminal, pleaded guilty in July of this year to possession of a firearm by a felon. King had two prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
In January 2011, Wilmington Police officers responded to an armed robbery call, where they met two victims who said that they were approached by a man in the parking lot of the Seahawk Square apartment, who demanded from them at gunpoint.
The suspect, who was later identified as King, was with two women during the robbery, who did not approach the victims.
The victims proceeded to give King their money, then went to a nearby Cook Out restaurant and called police. The police department, along with UNCW police, set up a perimeter around the area to search for the suspect.
They later found King near the scene of the crime, along with the two females he had been seen with.
In a ditch behind King, authorities found a 9mm semi-automatic firearm and a pill bottle with the name of one of the victims on it.
King denied any involvement in the crime, but they females he was with said that they had seen him rob the two victims.
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