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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, November 13, 2017
Dana J. Boente
, United States Attorney
Contact: Joshua Stueve

Man Sentenced for Armed Robberies of Tidewater Businesses

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport News man was sentenced to 34 years in prison today for his role in five armed robberies of Tidewater businesses.

According to court documents, Jerrod Pemberton, 21, along with co-conspirator Olandjuwan Beale, 21, and a third co-defendant, planned and executed five commercial robberies in Newport News and Hampton. Over a 10-hour period on March 6, the men used firearms while robbing a Newport News 7-Eleven, 1st Stop Mart, Luckie’s Convenience Store and Mary’s Deli and Convenience Store, as well as a 1st Stop Mart in Hampton. In each robbery, Beale approached the clerks and ordered them to provide cash. By the last robbery in Hampton, Beale also robbed customers in the store. Pemberton provided security for the robberies by brandishing a firearm at victims and putting customers on the ground. Beale and Caron Walker, 21, were arrested after a concerned citizen photographed the license plate of the vehicle the men used to flee the final robbery and forwarded the information to the Hampton Police Division. Pemberton was arrested later in Newport News.

Beale was sentenced to 33 years on October 21, and the final co-defendant, Caron Walker, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 11.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Thomas L. Chittum, III, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, Terry L. Sult, Chief of Hampton Police Division, and Michael C. Grimstead, Acting Chief of Newport News Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar. Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard J. Zlotnick and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy E. Cross prosecuted 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. 4:17-cr-50.

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