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Drug dealers get robed all the time because their narcotics have extensive monetary value, any experienced drug dealer knows not to call the police after being robbed.

On August 20 a former Western Carolina University student and his two co-conspirators were sentenced to prison on armed robbery charges, for attempting to rob a rival marijuana dealer at gunpoint.

Jonathan Berkley, 22, was sentenced to 72 months in prison; Kendrick Davis, 22, was ordered to serve 51 months in prison; and Sawyer Doxtad, 22, was sentenced to 48 months in prison.

Doxtad was a student at Western Carolina University in the fall semester of 2017. During that time, Doxtad resided in an apartment in Sylva, N.C., and engaged in distributing marijuana in and around the University. Sometime in September 2017, Doxtad met Berkley, who was not an enrolled student at the University, and Berkley moved into Doxtad’s apartment. Soon thereafter, the third co-conspirator, Davis, also moved into Doxtad’s apartment.

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The three men engaged in dealing marijuana together. Doxtad and Berkley used a social media chat group called “Wheestaylit” to identify local marijuana customers. Another individual, identified in court documents as J.R., was also a marijuana dealer in the area and a user of the same chat group.

J.R. had posted on the chat group a picture of him with multiple pounds of marijuana. Berkley, Doxtad, and Davis conspired to rob J.R. of his marijuana and sell it to their own customers.

On October 24, 2017, Davis and Doxtad purchased a shotgun from an area pawnshop with the intent of using it to rob J.R. The same day, Doxtad and Berkley contacted J.R. pretending to be interested in purchasing marijuana from him, and arranged to meet him at an apartment in Cullowhee, N.C.

Berkley, Davis, and Doxtad arrived at the apartment later that evening and attempted to rob J.R. of the marijuana. Over the course of the robbery, Berkley, who was holding the shotgun, discharged it, injuring an individual inside the apartment. The three men fled the scene, but were eventually arrested.

Each of the three defendants previously pleaded guilty to attempted robbery by force. They are currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.