By: Yuritza Arroyo
A Mercer County man was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies of businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in May and June of 2019, federal officials announced.
Federal officials say, Omar Feliciano-Estremera, 45, of Trenton, previously pleaded guilty to a five-count information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, three substantive counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm which was discharged during a crime of violence.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Feliciano and his conspirator, who is now deceased, committed a string of armed robberies in May and June of 2019 of businesses located in Mercer County, Union County, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Court documets state, the conspirator entered the businesses, brandished a handgun, and demanded money from the store clerks working the register.
After stealing the money, the conspirator fled the scene with the assistance of Feliciano, who acted as the getaway driver.
Officials say, while fleeing the scene of one of the robberies in Union County, the conspirator fired a handgun at passing witnesses shortly before being picked up by Feliciano.
Feliciano admitted to conspiring to commit eight robberies and aiding and abetting three robberies, including the Union County robbery at which a firearm was discharged.
In addition to the prison term, Feliciano was sentenced to five years of supervised release.