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Petersburg Serial Robbery Suspects Sentenced

January 21, 2010

(RICHMOND, Va) - Corbin Alexander Dickerson, 19, of Petersburg, Va., was sentenced today to 121 months in prison for his role in a series of armed robberies in Petersburg. Previously, two co-conspirators – Sammy Alexander Bonner III, 19, and Mario Andres Figueroa, 20, both of Petersburg – were sentenced to 150 months and 126 months, respectively.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Willie Brownlee, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; and John Dixon III, Chief, Petersburg Bureau of Police, made the announcement after sentencing by Chief United States District Judge James R. Spencer. 

From Nov. 18, 2008, to April 19, 2009, Bonner, Figueroa and Dickerson conspired to commit multiple armed robberies in the Petersburg area.  Bonner and Figueroa typically entered the victim stores, pointed firearms – or what appeared to be firearms – at employees and demanded money.  Dickerson drove the “getaway” car.  A sawed-off shotgun that was used in one of the robberies was recovered by the police.  Victims include Burger King, Taco Bell, Ntelos, Cashwell, SunTrust Bank, and Little Caesars Pizza.  The defendants stole in excess of $10,000 from the victims.  As a part of each of the defendants’ sentences, the Court ordered them to pay full restitution to their victims.   

            This case was investigated by the ATF’s Richmond Field Office and the Petersburg Bureau of Police.  Assistant United States Attorney John D. Adams 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  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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