Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Wednesday a Maryland man was sentenced to 23 years in prison for committing four armed robberies in St. Mary’s County.
Thirty-year-old Quantaz Lamar Shields of Leonardtown entered several business, brandished a gun and stole cash and other items between October 20, 2015 and October 28, 2015. Law enforcement executed a search warrant at a residence and recovered a 9mm Beretta, magazine containing six 9mm live rounds and cellphone. Officers said the handgun was utilized in the armed robberies, according to court documents.
Shields utilized the cellphone to communicate with his co-conspirator Trevone Butler during one of the robberies. Recorded conversation between Shields and his sister revealed Shields directing his sister to remove money from a shed and deposit into his commissary account. Shortly after, law enforcement executed another search warrant at Shield’s sister’s home, seizing more than $2,000 in cash.
On December 2, 2016, Butler was sentenced to 57 months in prison for his role in the robberies.