Portland, Maine: Acting United States Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced that Xavier Watson, 24, of Brentwood, New Hampshire, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Jon D. Levy to 121 months in prison and three years of supervised release following convictions for robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Watson pleaded guilty to the charges on October 5, 2016.
According to court records, early on January 15, 2016, Watson and four other men drove from New Hampshire to Lyman, Maine, for the purpose of committing a home invasion robbery of a licensed medical marijuana caregiver. Watson and three of the men broke into the home, brandishing two firearms – a pistol and a shotgun. Watson possessed the pistol and co-defendant Vincent Casazza possessed the shotgun. Five victims were present in the residence. Watson physically assaulted a male victim. Records introduced by the government at sentencing indicate that Watson also sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female victim during the robbery. Watson and his co-conspirators stole three firearms from the residence, as well as U.S. currency, marijuana, various electronics, and other items of value.
Watson’s co-defendants, Vincent Casazza, Reynan Mora, and Andre Thomas, have pleaded guilty in federal court to their involvement in the robbery but have not yet been sentenced.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Maine State Police, with assistance from the Office of the Maine Attorney General and the York County District Attorney’s Office.