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Petersburg Man Sentenced to 30 Years for String of Armed Robberies

April 23, 2009

RICHMOND, Va. –   Kenneth A. Reed, 23, of Petersburg, Virginia, was sentenced today for his role in a series of robberies.  Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Reed to 15 years for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and 15 years for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  The Court ordered the sentences to run consecutively.  Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Willie Brownlee, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), announced the sentence.

            Reed pled guilty to the charges on January 15, 2010.  In support of that plea, he acknowledged that in September 2009 he and others robbed two banks and two hotels.  He admitted that on September 18, 2009, he drove two other individuals to the Virginia Commonwealth Bank, 3209 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia, and waited in the get-away car while the other individuals robbed the bank at gun-point.  During the course of that robbery, one of Reed’s associates struck an employee of the bank in the head with a firearm.

            On September 25, 2009, Reed admitted, he drove two other individuals to the Candlewood Suites Hotel, 5113 Plaza Drive, Hopewell, Virginia, and waited in the get-away car while those other individuals robbed the counter clerk at gunpoint. 

            Reed further admitted that on September 28, 2009, he participated with others in the armed robbery of the Holiday Inn Express, 11979 South Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia.  After leaving the Holiday Inn, the group illegally used access devises they had stolen in the robbery.

            Later on September 28, 2009, Reed acknowledged, he and two others stole a Nissan Altima and a Nissan Maxima for use in a further robbery.  They then went to the CVS Store, 2738 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, to buy masks to use in their next robbery.  Shortly after they left the CVS, Reed drove the other two individuals to the M & T Bank, 3214 West Broad Street, in the stolen Maxima, and waited in the get-away car while the other two individuals, wearing the masks, robbed the bank at gunpoint. 

            Reed admitted that after the robbery, he drove the group to a remote location, where they had parked a Suburban, a third stolen car.  Shortly thereafter, police spotted the group in the Suburban and chased them.  The three were arrested a short time later.

            Reed acknowledged that he had supplied the firearms used in each of the robberies.

            Cordarell Johnson and Joseph Roach, co-defendants in the case, will be sentenced by Judge Hudson later.  Johnson’s sentencing is scheduled for April 30 and Roach’s is set for May 21.

            The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and the Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg police departments.  The case is part of the Cooperative Violence Reduction Partnership (CVRP) Robbery Reduction Initiative.   The CVRP is a law enforcement partnership involving the Richmond Police Department, the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, ATF, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Virginia State Police, Virginia Adult Probation and Parole, District 1, and the United States Attorney’s Office.  The members of the CVRP work together to identify and address violent crime problems affecting the Richmond Community.  The Robbery Reduction Initiative is a collaborative effort to address the robberies in the community and to make sure that offenders face the highest sentence possible under the law, whether that be in state or federal court.  Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen Miller and John Adams are prosecuting the case for 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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