BOSTON – A Boston man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with the March 2019 robbery of a T-Mobile store in Brockton and shooting at police officers as he and his co-defendants s were fleeing.
Darius Carter, 28, pleaded guilty to interfering with commerce by robbery; conspiracy to obstruct trade by theft; discharging, brandishing, using and carrying a firearm while committing a crime of violence; and being a criminal in possession of firearms and ammunition. U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs has sentenced July 20, 2021.
Darius Carter and co-defendants Diovanni Carter and Stephan Rosser-Stewart were indicted in March 2019. Diovanni Carter was convicted by a federal jury and sentenced to 270 months in prison in September 2020. Rosser-Stewart pleaded not guilty and is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.
According to the charging documents, on the evening of January 2019, Darius Carter and Rosser-Stewart walked into a T-Mobile store in Brockton. It is alleged that the men carried a semi-automatic firearm, which they pointed at the store manager as they demanded money and electronics. Carter hit the store manager in the head with a gun as he demanded the manager open the door to a back room with a large safe containing cell phones and cash. The men allegedly stole approximately $25,000 in cash and electronics, left the store, and fled in a getaway vehicle driven by Diovanni Carter.
The police intervened and located the fleeing vehicle. A high-speed chase ensued which reached over 70 mph through residential areas. During the chase, Darius Carter and, allegedly, Rosser-Stewart fired eight rounds at the pursuing police cruisers.
Law enforcement apprehended Darius Carter and Rosser-Stewart and recovered the stolen phones, cash and the three firearms used in the robbery. Diovanni Carter was apprehended in March 2019.
Carter and his co-defendants were prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to previous criminal convictions.
The robbery commerce interference charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, five years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of using a firearm in the commission of a violent crime carries a sentence of up to life in prison, and a mandatory consecutive sentence of up to five years for possession of a firearm, to seven years for brandishing a firearm to 10 years for discharging a firearm. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the US Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Kelly D. Brady, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz; Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald Jr.; and Brockton Police Chief Emanual Gomes made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn MacKinlay, head of Mendell’s Organized Crime and Gangs Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Mallard, a member of the unit, are prosecuting the case.
This lawsuit is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated the PSN in 2017 as part of the department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with law enforcement agencies. federal, state, local and tribal orders and the local community to develop effective and local services. strategies based on reducing violent crime.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.