Four Louisville men face charges for string of robberies

Four Louisville men face charges for string of robberies

James Gore Jr. and Tony Trumbo Jr., both 23 and Jescell Whittle, 22, have been indicted and charged by a federal grand jury with multiple robberies around Louisville in 2012. A fourth man, 18-year-old Dahntel Newsome who is not pictured, is also facing charges.

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by WHAS11, C.J. Daniels

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 8:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Four Louisville men have been indicted by a federal grand jury after the robbery and attempted robbery of businesses around the area.

According to David Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, the charges coincide with Project Recoil, a program in conjunction with Jefferson County law enforcement agencies designed to maximize penalties for the most violent offenders and as way to curb violent crime in the community.

22-year-old Jescell Whittle and 23-year-old Tony Trumbo Jr. are charged with four counts of obstructing interstate commerce through robbery, four counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery and one count of attempted robbery.

18-year-old Dahntel Newsome is charged with two counts of obstructing interstate commerce through aiding and abetting a robbery, three counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery and one count of attempted robbery.

23-year-old James Gore Jr. is charged with two counts of obstructing interstate commerce through aiding and abetting a robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery.

Hale says that all men with the exception of Newsome will face an additional charge of brandishing and discharging a firearm during a robbery.

Officials say Whittle, Trumbo and Gore targeted Cricket Wireless stores in the 4000 block of Cane Run Road and the 3100 block of West Broadway on October 22 and 23 in 2012. The three were also responsible for robbing the JC Cigarette Outlet in the 2700 block of Crums Lane a week later.

Whittle, Trumbo and Gore were also involved in the robberies of Thornton’s in the 4500 block of Poplar Level Road on October 30 and the Speedway in the 3000 block of Taylor Boulevard on October 31, 2012.

Hale explains the federal robbery charges coincide with the Hobb’s Act, which criminalizes robberies affecting interstate commerce.

If convicted, Whittle and Trumbo face a mandatory 100-year prison sentence for robbery and attempted robbery, a 107-year for use of a firearm in a crime of violence and a $2.5 million fine.

Newsome faces a 60-year sentence for robbery and attempted robbery, a 57-year sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence and a $1 million fine.

Gore faces a 40-year sentence for robbery, a 32-year sentence for use of a firearm in a crime of violence and a $1 million fine.

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