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Man Arrested in Armed Robbery of American Idol Star

Suspect Arrested in NC for Armed Robbery of American Idol’s Scott McCreery

armed robberyA 19-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with armed robbery after an incident involving American Idol 2011 winner Scott McCreery and some of his friends in North Carolina.

McCreery, 20, was visiting some friends in an apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday, May 5th, when armed robbery suspect Mikkail Jamal Shaw and two other intruders burst in. The group forced the singer and his friends to lie face-down at gunpoint, took their wallets, cash, and electronics like cell phones, before they fled the scene.

The apartment is near the North Carolina State University campus, where McCreery is a sophomore.

No one was hurt in the armed robbery incident, but McCreery tweeted to his fans, “It was definitely a scary night.”

“Luckily, my friends and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case,” he continued on Facebook. “I will share more when the time is right, but as of now we do not want to do or say anything that could hinder the investigation. Thanks to everyone for the prayers and support.”

McCreery won the American Idol televised singing competition in 2011, and his first album, “Clear as Day,” debuted at the top of the billboard charts the following year.

Shaw turned himself in on Tuesday evening, according to police. He has been charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The investigation for the two other armed robbery suspects continues.

Armed Robbery Charges in South Carolina

South Carolina Law is clear when it comes to a sentence associated with an armed robbery or burglary conviction:

“(A) A person who commits robbery while armed with a pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor, or other deadly weapon, or while alleging, either by action or words, he was armed while using a representation of a deadly weapon or any object which a person present during the commission of the robbery reasonably believed to be a deadly weapon, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned for a mandatory minimum term of not less than ten years or more than thirty years, no part of which may be suspended or probation granted. A person convicted under this subsection is not eligible for parole until the person has served at least seven years of the sentence.

(B) A person who commits attempted robbery while armed with a pistol, dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor, or other deadly weapon, or while alleging, either by action or words, he was armed while using a representation of a deadly weapon or any object which a person present during the commission of the robbery reasonably believed to be a deadly weapon, is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be imprisoned not more than twenty years.”

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Armed Robbery Charges

Our law firm is familiar with the sentencing ranges for all criminal charges, including armed robbery, burglary, and murder charges. We will do everything possible to protect your rights throughout the legal process, and seek the outcome that has the least negative impact on your life. If you have been charged with armed robbery in South Carolina you should have a South Carolina defense attorney on your side to ensure that your rights are protected. We offer free, confidential consultations so you can discuss the facts of your case with impunity. Contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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