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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Virginia

For Immediate Release

April 24, 2012

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney

Contact: Laura Taylor
(804) 819-5400

Brothers Sentenced to Combined 94 Years in Prison for Armed Robberies

RICHMOND, Va. – Troy Douglas Baylor, 47, of Richmond, Va., and James Derrick Baylor, 44, of Brooklyn, N.Y., were sentenced today to 52 and 42 years in prison, respectively, for committing armed robbery of two businesses in Chesterfield and Richmond.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia Attorney General; and J.D. Newman, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge James R. Spencer.

On Feb. 3, 2012, a Federal jury found the brothers guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, two counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in furtherance of robbery, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court records and evidence at trial, on Nov. 30, 2010, Troy Baylor approached an employee of the Family Dollar store, previously located at 15700 Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield, and asked an assistant manager for a job application. After he was told that he would have to fill out an application at a store computer, he left. Minutes later, when the assistant manager was taking a break outside the store, James Baylor brandished a gun and ordered her inside the store. James and Troy Baylor then demanded that the assistant manager, at gunpoint, open the safe. The men then fled with more than $500. Store video recorded the robbery.

The jury also heard evidence that on Dec. 21, 2010, Troy and James Baylor entered Tommy Wilson’s Van & Auto, located on Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond. The Baylors walked toward the rear of the business, where they were met by the owners, who told them they were not permitted to be in that area of the business. The Baylors brandished a gun and ordered the employees to lie on the floor, then took more than $600 from the pocket of one of the employees. Another employee gave an additional $600 to the Baylors, but refused to lie on the floor. James Baylor struck him on the head numerous times with the gun. The employees then fought with the Baylors until the Baylors left the business. During the course of the robbery, the Baylors dropped their hats and gun. Store video also captured this robbery.

This case was investigated cooperatively by the Chesterfield Police Department, Richmond Police Department and the ATF’s Washington Field Division. Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Jagels prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. Special Agent Josh Valot was the lead ATF agent on the case.

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 Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on