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Maryland Man Convicted for Armed Robberies of Apple Delivery Drivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Khalil Kenyon Blackman, 31, of District Heights, Md. was convicted yesterday of conspiring to commit three armed robberies of truck drivers who were delivering Apple products to area stores.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ken Cuccinelli, II, Attorney General of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; and Lt. Colonel James A. Morris, Acting Fairfax County Chief of Police, made the announcement after a bench trial before United States District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

Blackman was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, and brandishing a firearm, which carries a mandatory minimum of seven years and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for April 26, 2013.

According to court records and evidence at trial, Blackman and others conspired to carry out three armed robberies of delivery truck drivers hauling Apple products.  On Feb. 11, 2011, Blackman and his co-conspirators robbed a delivery truck driver in Prince George’s County, Md.  Thereafter, Blackman took the majority of the products and sold them to another person and then distributed the proceeds among his conspirators. Blackman also conspired with others to carry out two other robberies – on June 15, 2011 in Fairfax County, Va. and on October 30, 2011 in Prince George’s County, Md. – and sold the stolen products from these robberies to others for the benefit of the conspirators. The total loss to Apple was more than $130,000.

The investigation was conducted by FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Fairfax County Police Department.  Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc J. Birnbaum and Assistant United States Attorney Adam B. Schwartz are prosecuting 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 http://www.justice.gov/usao/vae.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on https://pcl.uscourts.gov.

 

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