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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Jury Convicts Florida Man For Attempting To Entice A Minor To Engage In Sexual Activity


Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury today found Dameon Kerk Allen (42, St. Petersburg) guilty of attempted enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity. Allen faces a minimum mandatory term of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 13, 2020.

Allen was indicted on August 20, 2019.

According to evidence presented at trial, Allen communicated online and over text messages with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old child. In reality, he was communicating with an undercover agent. In the conversations, Allen proposed and planned to meet up with the child to have sex, discussing in graphic detail the sex acts he would engage in when they met.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lisa Thelwell and Colin McDonell.

This is another case brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Armed Bank Robbery Instigator Sentenced to 130 Months Prison


More than a dozen people were inside the Albany, Georgia bank during the violent crime

ALBANY, Ga. – The final co-defendant found guilty in the armed robbery of an Albany bank was sentenced to 130 months behind bars for his crimes, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Shataz Hampton, 26, of Albany, Georgia was sentenced to a total of 130 months in prison (48 months for bank robbery and 84 months for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime to be served consecutively), $2700 restitution to Renasant Bank and three years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Leslie Gardner. A jury found Defendant Hampton guilty of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm charges on August 20, 2019 following a two-day trial in federal court. A co-defendant, Kamilyah Whitlock, 25, of Albany, was sentenced on September 4, 2019 to 48 months in prison by The Honorable Judge Gardner. Ms. Whitlock was also found guilty of bank robbery and brandishing a firearm after a four-day trial in February 2019. She testified against Defendant Hampton during his trial and received a reduced sentence. There is no parole in the federal system. Both defendants were masked and armed when they robbed Renasant Bank on North Westover Boulevard on November 6, 2017 with more than a dozen customers and employees inside.

“Violent crimes will not be tolerated in the Middle District of Georgia. I want the law-abiding public and our law enforcement partners to be assured that we will prosecute violent criminals to the fullest extent allowed by the law,” said U.S. Attorney Peeler. “Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are working tirelessly on our collective mission to decrease violent crime in our communities. I want to especially applaud the APD and FBI for their work in this case.”

The case was investigated by the Albany Police Department and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah McEwen is prosecuting the case for the Government. Questions can be directed to Pamela Lightsey, Public Information Officer, United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 621-2603 or Melissa Hodges, Public Affairs Director (Contractor), United States Attorney’s Office, at (478) 765-2362.

Career Offender Sentenced To 17 Years For Distributing Heroin And Violating Supervised Release


Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Willie D. Hayden (33, Cape Coral) to 17 years in federal prison for distributing a controlled substance, possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, and violating his supervised release.

Hayden had pleaded guilty on May 8, 2019, and he admitted to violating the conditions of his supervised release on November 12, 2019.

According to court documents, on two separate occasions, in August and October 2018, while on supervised release, Hayden sold heroin to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. In November 2018, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Hayden’s residence and seized 10.4 grams of heroin packaged in 29 separate baggies.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Trent Reichling.