(STL.News) – A Fayetteville man was sentenced today to 288 months in prison for possessing a firearm while a felon during the course of an armed robbery at the home of a man and his daughter.
According to court documents, Mark Leon Andrews, 44, and another man, Joshua Montraze Stephens, who was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on September 10, 2019, laid in wait outside of the Fayetteville home of a man and his then-14-year-old daughter. When they arrived home on the evening of April 5, 2018, Andrews and Stephens confronted them at gunpoint and forced both victims into the home. Andrews bound the father with zip-ties, while Stephens held the girl at gunpoint. They then began to search the house for money and guns. Members of the Fayetteville Police Department were called out to the scene and spoke with the victim outside, while Andrews and Stephens held the daughter at gunpoint in the bathroom of the home. Shortly thereafter, the daughter was able to escape and officers moved in. They located Andrews and Stephens, hiding in the master bedroom closet. Andrews was still in possession of a loaded 9mm pistol, along with the victim’s jewelry, money, and car keys. The revolver that Stephens had been using was recovered from inside the closet.
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Fayetteville Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura S. Howard prosecuted the case.