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Gainesville man given 13-year sentence in carjacking, pistol-whipping
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Qwamane Shalone Hayes

A Gainesville man was given a 13-year prison sentence after a February 2017 carjacking in Gainesville, according to court documents.

Qwamane Shalone Hayes pleaded guilty to carjacking and received a federal prison sentence of 13 years.

The court recommended Hayes get credit for time served since March 6, 2018, and that he receive “intensive/residential mental health treatment” during his incarceration, according to court documents.

Following the prison sentence, Hayes will be on supervised release for three years.

A woman told police a masked gunman, identified later as Hayes, entered her East Ridge Road home, pointed a gun at her and asked, “Where is the money?”

She didn’t know what he meant, and he then took the keys to her 2006 Volkswagen Passat from her night stand, according to a filing by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent.

While wearing masks, Hayes and another man were accused of pistol-whipping a man outside the residence, but their masks fell off during the incident.

The man’s daughter recognized the two suspects.

The man who was pistol-whipped suffered a fractured arm and multiple injuries to his face.

Hayes and the other man tried to drive away in a Nissan Pathfinder, but Hayes backed the car into a culvert, according to the federal agent.

The two men then drove away in the woman’s Volkswagen Passat.

When interviewed by law enforcement, Hayes reportedly said he pistol-whipped the man after he was hit with a flashlight.

The car was later found in Jacksonville, Florida.

The man named in the indictment with Hayes, Gary Caleb Mealor, had his case dismissed by the government after a plea agreement was entered in a separate case.

Mealor pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced Sept. 5 to 10 years behind bars. The first two years of the federal sentence will run consecutive to the state probation revocation sentence he is currently serving, and the rest of the sentence will run concurrently.

Mealor can serve his federal time in state custody, and the court is recommending he be allowed in the Bureau of Prisons Intensive Drug Rehabilitation Program.

Following Mealor’s time behind bars, he will have a three-year term of supervised release.

Attorneys for both men did not return a request for comment Thursday, Sept. 19.

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