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Two plead guilty to violent armed robbery of Court Street jewelry store

September 24, 2018 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The shopkeeper at the jewelry store located at 60 Court St. suffered lacerations to his face and head during a daytime robbery that took place on May 25, 2017. All four defendants have pleaded guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing. Eagle file photo by Mary Frost
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Two of the four men involved pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to the violent armed robbery of a jewelry store located at 60 Court St. in Brooklyn Heights.

Darryl Odom and Lashawn Williams, both from the Bronx, pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act Robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence for the May 25, 2017 gunpoint robbery. Odom also pleaded guilty to a separate robbery that took place in Boerum Hill on Feb. 10, 2017.

Two co-defendants, Kenneth Davis and Shaka Davis, both from Brooklyn, had previously pleaded guilty to Hobbs Act Robbery for their roles in the 60 Court St. robbery.

On May 25, 2017 at roughly 5:15 p.m., Odom and two of the co-conspirators entered the jewelry store on Court Street disguised as construction workers while Shaka Davis waited outside as a lookout, according to court documents. One of the robbers pistol-whipped the store owner, which caused lacerations to his head. Odom and the others then grabbed several hundred thousand dollars in cash and jewelry before they escaped.

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The defendants then fled to the subway station where their images were recorded by surveillance cameras and law enforcement officers were able to recover numerous pieces of evidence they dropped including gloves, a hardhat and an envelope that contained $10,000.

Odom and Williams face a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years to life in prison. Kenneth Davis faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years to life and Shaka Davis faces up to 20 years.

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