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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
G. Zachary Terwilliger
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joshua Stueve

Man Pleads Guilty to Two Virginia Beach Bank Robberies

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty today to armed robbery of a credit union.

According to court documents, in August 2017, Marquis Larosa Buckley, 41, conducted an armed robbery of a SPE Federal Credit Union in State College, Pennsylvania. A few months later, in October 2017, Buckley conducted an armed robbery of a Fulton Bank and a PNC bank in Virginia Beach. Upon his arrest, Buckley admitted to the Virginia Beach police that he committed the armed robberies of the two banks in Virginia Beach and also told them about the robbery of the credit union in Pennsylvania. Buckley previously pleaded guilty to the two armed bank robberies in Virginia Beach and then testified against his co-conspirator at trial resulting in the conviction of the co-conspirator.

Buckley pleaded guilty to armed robbery and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when sentenced on October 3. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney William D. Muhr is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-2.

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