U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Eastern District of Virginia
For Immediate Release
September 2, 2010
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney
Contact: Peter Carr, Public Information Officer
(703) 549-5202 (fax)
Ten-Year Sentence for Virginia Beach Gun Shop Theft Get-Away Driver
Norfolk, Va. — Roshawn D. Turner, 25, of Norfolk, Va., was sentenced today in Norfolk federal court to 10 years in prison for his role in a night-time theft of 27 firearms from the Armory Gun Shop in Virginia Beach, Va.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after United States District Judge Mark Davis sentenced Turner on his conviction for stealing, taking, and carrying away firearms. The Court also ordered Turner to pay full restitution and serve three years supervised release following his release from prison. Turner previously pled guilty on June 7, 2010.
According to court documents, two of Turner’s accomplices climbed on to the roof of the Armory and made a hole in the roof, whereupon one of them entered and took the 27 handguns. Turner acted as the get-away driver for the two accomplices. Afterwards, the handguns were sold to individuals in Norfolk and New York. One of the co-conspirators, Delvon Gray, 19, of Norfolk, pled guilty to similar charges in Virginia Beach Circuit Court and is awaiting sentencing. The other alleged co-conspirator, Tehran Townsend, 30, of Norfolk, is awaiting trial on Oct. 26, 2010 before Judge Davis.
This case was investigated by the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Police Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Assistant United States Attorney Kevin M. Comstock 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.