Two Camden men have been charged with the November 2018 robbery of a gas station, attempted robbery of a pawn shop and murder of the shop’s owner, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas.
An indictment returned by a federal grand jury on Thursday, charged Daryl Strickland, Jr., 22, and Rodney Tyrone Henry, 22, allegedly robbed the Alon Gas Station in Pine Bluff, attempted to rob the Wise Buck Pawn Shop in Pine Bluff, and killed the owner of the pawn shop, Brandon McHan, according to the news release.
According to an indictment, Strickland and Henry conspired on November 12, 2018, to rob the pawn shop, which was a federally licensed firearms dealer. The indictment charges them with the attempted robbery of the pawn shop and causing the death of McHan while carrying a firearm during the attempted robbery. The indictment also charges them with conspiring to rob the Alon Gas Station, robbing the gas station, and using a firearm during the robbery.
The penalty for murder while discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence is any term of years, up to life imprisonment, or death.
The penalty for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence is not less than seven years and not more than life imprisonment, and that term runs consecutively to any other term imposed. The penalty for conspiring to, attempting to, or interfering with commerce by robbery is not more than 20 years imprisonment, followed by a term of supervised release of not more than three years.
Each crime charged carries a fine of up to $250,000.
The indictment was announced by Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and William McCrary, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives–New Orleans Field Division. The investigation was conducted by the ATF, the Pine Bluff Police Department, the Camden Police Department, and Arkansas Community Corrections. Assistant United States Attorneys Benecia Moore and Kristin Bryant are prosecuting the case.
An indictment only contains allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.