2 men get lengthy prison terms for roles in armed robbery of department store on Black Friday

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Two New Jersey men are headed to prison for their roles in the armed robbery of a New Jersey department store on Black Friday in 2012.

Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Lavell Jones, of East Orange, and 25-year-old Darrell Carter, of Irvington, were both sentenced Wednesday to nearly 11 years in prison. Both had pleaded guilty to robbery, and Carter also pleaded guilty to using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Prosecutors say the robbery occurred at a store in Union on the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Jones posed as a shopper and was a lookout inside the store, alerting his co-conspirators when the store was closing and money was being transferred.

More than $50,000 was stolen during the robbery, and store employees were restrained with zip ties and robbed at gunpoint.

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