U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Romero announced that Nasir Wright, 25, was sentenced to 11 years in prison and five years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge John Padova for three gunpoint robberies that occurred in January 2020.
In June 2022, the defendant pleaded guilty to three counts of Hobbs Act robbery; one count of carrying, using and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence; and possession with the intent to distribute heroin.
First, Wright stole $200 from a West Philadelphia Little Caesar’s.
Then, he entered the Family Dollar on the 6400 block of Rising Sun Ave. and went to the checkout line to pay for a bag of chips. When he reached the front of the line, he jumped over the top of the counter, pointed a silver firearm at two employees, took $300 from the cash register and fled the store.
A few hours later, on the same date, he traveled to the Family Dollar located in Sharon Hill and stole $350 from the register before fleeing the store.
Early the next morning, he was arrested in Upper Darby.
“Violent takeover robberies with firearms are terrifying for victims who are going about their daily duties to make a living,” Romero said. “Nasir Wright was determined to steal money from these businesses, growing bolder and more aggressive with each incident. This sentence of more than a decade in prison will keep him off the street, and we hope is a measure of justice for the victims.”
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Sharon Hill Police Department and the Upper Darby Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Eckert.