The Department of Justice Southern District of Indiana issued a press release by Joseph H. Hogsett, the States Attorney, naming Carl James Matthews, age 28, of Indianapolis, as being sentenced to 264 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt.
Matthews had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of interfering with interstate commerce by robbery and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. He was arrested by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police (IMPD) on November 2, 2011, following an armed robbery of the Discount Tobacco store located at 1702 Southeastern Avenue, in Indianapolis.
Further investigation by IMPD detectives and agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force revealed that between October 28, and November 2, 2011, Matthews committed at least four armed robberies in Marion County, including a Kentucky Fried Chicken, a Speedway gas station, and two different Discount Tobacco stores.
According to the press release, In each of those robberies, Matthews entered the business, brandished a 9 millimeter pistol, and demanded that store employees give him all of the money within the cash registers. In two of the robberies, Matthews ordered employees in the store to lie on the ground at gunpoint before fleeing. All totaled, Matthews stole $2,349 from the four businesses.
At his sentencing, the judge cited Matthews’ prior felony convictions for child molestation in 2002, armed robbery in 2005 and possession of methamphetamine precursors in 2011. Matthews was on parole for the 2005 robbery conviction at the time of his arrest for the 2011 robbery charges.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced that federal prisoners are not eligible for parole, and Matthews will not be eligible for release before serving at least 85% of his 22 year federal sentence. Following his release, Judge Pratt ordered Matthews to serve a five year period of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $2,349 to the victim businesses. For other details, visit WISHtv8.com.