ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) - A man from Plymouth, North Carolina was sentenced to more than 10 years for robbing a Friendly Check Cashing in Elizabeth City.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern North Carolina said 34-year-old William Edward White waited outside the store on Oct. 25, 2016, and when an employee arrived and walked in the back entrance, he pushed his way inside and pointed a gun at her head.
White forced the employee into a room where the safe was kept, and threatened to shoot her if she did not open the safe quickly.
Prosecutors said White hit in the back of the head with the gun as she was trying to open the safe. Once it was opened, White took out $45,500 in cash.
White tie up the employee with duct tape before he left the scene, according to prosecutors. Detectives identified White as a suspect based on a match between his DNA and DNA from the torn tape.
White later admitted to his involvement in the robbery when interviewed by authorities. He was sentenced this week to 129 months -- or 10 years and nine months -- in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.