Would-be robber shoots himself in the foot

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Police say a man who planned to rob a convenience store in Gaston County was foiled when he shot himself in the foot. An arrest warrant states 28-year-old Kelvin Ethelbert Roberts dropped a .45-caliber handgun in front of the store in Cherryville and it went off, with a bullet striking his right foot. Roberts faces several charges that include attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a weapon of mass destruction. Police say the handgun had been altered to fire .410 shotgun shells. Authorities say it was illegal for Roberts to have a gun because of a felony cocaine possession conviction in 2002 in New York. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Bring Project Exile to North Carolina, NOW. Turn this case over to the US Attorney for that area and when convicted of violating the law banning firearm possession by a convicted felon, the maggot faces an immediate five years in prison. It is ideal for cases just like this. Let's face it - the guy may be charged with attempted armed robbery, but if he never actually said, "Gimme da money" to anyone, entered the store, brandished the firearm, etc, that charge is going to be dismissed. Project Exile worked in Richmond, it worked in the Tidewater area, it worked in Atlanta (where it was called FACE5) and it will work here. Convicted felon with a firearm? Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. (Plus, the state is always free to prosecute for the underlying crime, if there is one.)
well i think he should be the feature person on americas dumbest criminals.
What a dolt!