On February 16, 2021 Yakotus Odum, 31, was sentenced to 114 months in prison and five years of supervised release in connection with the 2018 armed robbery of a convenience store.
In March 2018 Yakotus robbed a Circle K convenience store located at 516 Cox Road Gastonia, NC. Trial evidence established that Yakotus stole approximately $100 from the cash register at gunpoint.
Yakotus was already on supervised release for a previous federal felony conviction for illegal firearm possession when he committed the armed robbery. Yakotus is currently in federal custody and upon designation of a federal facility he will be transferred into custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
On September 25, 2020, a federal jury convicted Yakotus of Hobbs Act robbery, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.