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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

December 4, 2009

U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride

Peter Carr
Public Information Officer

Phone: (703) 842-4050 Fax: (703) 549-5202

E-Mail: usavae.press@usdoj.gov

Final Conspirator in Fairfax Gaming Store Armed Robbery Sentenced 120 Months

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Steven Anthony Turrentine, 24, of Prince William County, Va., was sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in an armed robbery of thousands of dollars of Xbox 360s, PlayStation 3s, Nintendo DSs, and other gaming equipment from a Gamestop store in Fairfax, Va. Turrentine was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,735.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Phillip M. Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) Washington Field Division; and Colonel Richard J. Rappoport, Fairfax City Chief of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.

On June 25, 2009, a jury found Turrentine guilty of conspiracy, Hobbs Act Robbery, and brandishing a firearm. According to court documents and evidence at trial, Turrentine, along with four other conspirators, parked in the back of a Fairfax Gamestop store on the morning of Sept. 27, 2007. Armed with handguns, the conspirators entered the store, used the weapons to take control of the store employees, and robbed the store of video games, video game systems, digital media players and assorted Gamestop merchandise. They loaded the stolen equipment into the waiting vehicle and fled the scene. Later, at a home in Woodbridge, Va., the conspirators divided the merchandise amongst themselves.

A former Gamestop employee, Turrentine helped plan the robbery and assisted in distracting an employee until a coconspirator approached from behind, pointed a handgun at the employee and directed him to the rear of the store. Turrentine remained in front as a look out and to steal displayed property. In a separate, subsequent incident, Turrentine burglarized another Gamestop store location.

Turrentine is the final member of the conspiracy to be sentenced. The other members of the conspiracy, all of whom pled guilty since April 2009 and are also from Prince William County, Va., included:

  • Calvin Shankland Drayton, 30, who was sentenced to 144 months in prison.
  • James Chad Dipaolo, 22, who was sentenced to 120 months in prison.
  • Daniel Berkwit, 21, who was sentenced to 96 months in prison.
  • Jennifer Jackson, 22, who was sentenced to 84 months in prison.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Fairfax City Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Fahey and Special Assistant United States Attorneys Zach Terwilliger and Angie Cha prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.

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