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Petersburg Man Sentenced to 32 Years for String of Armed Robberies

April 30, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. – Cordarrell A. Johnson, 21, of Petersburg, Va., was sentenced today for his role in a series of robberies.  Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Johnson to 32 years in prison for two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  By law, he received seven years on the first count and 25 years of consecutive time on the second. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Rich Marianos, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement.

“Johnson and his cohorts terrorized the Petersburg and Richmond communities,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Through the CVRP robbery initiative, law enforcement in Richmond has come together to take these criminals off the street and make our community a safer place.”

“This is an example of what ATF does best,” said Acting ATF Special Agent in Charge Marianos. “We work with our partners to put the worst of the worst violent criminals behind bars so they can no longer victimize innocent citizens."

                Johnson pled guilty to the charges on Jan. 29, 2010.  In support of that plea, he acknowledged that on Sept. 28, 2009, he and others robbed a bank and a hotel.  Johnson admitted that he and others robbed the Holiday Inn Express, 11979 South Crater Road, Petersburg, Va.  Johnson and one other robber displayed firearms during the robbery to force the victim to provide them with money and other items, including access devices.  After leaving the Holiday Inn, the group illegally used the access devises they had stolen in the robbery.

                Later on Sept. 28, 2009, Johnson acknowledged that he and two others stole a Nissan Altima and a Nissan Maxima for use in a further robbery.  The three then went to the CVS Store, 2738 West Broad Street, Richmond, Va., to buy masks to use in their next robbery.  Shortly after they left the CVS, they drove to the M & T Bank, 3214 West Broad Street, in the stolen Maxima.   Johnson and another individual entered the bank and displayed firearms to force the victims to provide them money. 
                Johnson admitted that after the robbery, the three drove 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.             

                On April 23, 2010, Kenneth Reed was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the robberies.  A third co-defendant, Joseph Roach, will be sentenced by Judge Hudson on May 21, 2010.

                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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