Man, Nephew Plead Guilty in Area Robberies

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 31, 2009

A D.C. man and his nephew, using a four-barreled pistol, held up 19 Washington area stores in less than 90 days, federal prosecutors said yesterday.

A variety of businesses were targeted in Alexandria, Fairfax County and Prince George's County between Oct. 31, 2006, and Jan. 27, 2007, they said.

As described by the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, the victimized retailers were six auto parts stores, five "dollar" stores, two shoe stores, a service station, a pharmacy, a video rental store, a toy store, an electronics store and a Sears store.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office said the robbers "by various means" would get a clerk to open the cash register. Then the uncle would show a "4-barrel derringer type pistol," and the nephew would take money.

The prosecutor's office said Michael Gray, 47, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and firearm charges, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison. Dante L. Gray, 22, his nephew, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and robbery charges, was sentenced Jan. 23 to a 144-month sentence, the U.S. attorney's office said.

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