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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Virginia

www.justice.gov/usao/vae

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2012

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney

Contact: Peter Carr, Public Information Officer
(703) 842-4050
usavae.press@usdoj.gov

Richmond Man Sentenced to More Than 38 Years for His Role in 11 Commercial Robberies in the Richmond Area

RICHMOND, Va. – Gary Young, 23, of Richmond, Va, was sentenced today to 462 months in prison for his role in eleven commercial robberies in the Richmond area. Targeting gas stations, fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and groceries, Young and his accomplice's crime spree netted over $5,000 in proceeds from these robberies.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Daniel Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; and Bryan Norwood, Chief, Richmond Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Robert E. Payne.

Young pled guilty pursuant to a plea agreement on February 6, 2012, to five counts of Robbery Affecting Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a), and two counts of:

Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). Young’s convictions included the following robberies:

  • April 30, 2011, robbery of BP Amoco, located at 2869 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia
  • May 5, 2011, robbery of McDonald's Restaurant, located at 821 Hull Street, Richmond, Virginia;
  • May 31, 2011, robbery of Lucky Convenience Store, located at 418 Cowardin Avenue, Richmond, Virginia;
  • June 10, 2011, robbery of Virginia Food Mart, located at 3416 Jefferson Davis Highway, Richmond, Virginia; and
  • August 5, 2011, robbery of Allied Cash Advance, located at 4721 Walmsley Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia.

According to court documents, from April 30, 2011, through August 5, 2011, Young participated in the robbery of eleven commercial establishments in the Richmond area. During each of the robberies, Young and his accomplice entered into stores armed with either a shotgun or BB gun and demanded money from an employee. On five of the robberies, a shotgun was brandished by one of the defendants. A total of at least $5,189 was obtained by the defendant and his accomplices as proceeds from these robberies.

At sentencing, Young admitted to committing six other robberies. These robberies included the robbery of the Forest Hill Market, located at 7500 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, on May 25, 2011; the robbery of Speed Mart, located at 2700 Broad Rock Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia, on June 5, 2011; the robbery of the Lucky Convenience Store, located at 418 Cowardin Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, on July 25, 2011; the robbery of the Fine Food Superette, located at 700 Idlewood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, on July 31, 2011; the robbery of the EZ Mart located at 1437 Hopkins Road, Richmond, Virginia, on August 2, 2011; and the robbery of the 7-Eleven, located at 6824 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, on August 5, 2011.

This case was investigated by the ATF and the Richmond Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Erik S. Siebert and Peter S. Duffey 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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