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Discharge of a Firearm During Spotsylvania Robbery Results in a Ten Year Sentence

July , 2013

RICHMOND, Va. – Travis Burley, 26, of Richmond, Va., was sentenced today to 120 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Carl Vasilko, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Washington Field office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge John A. Gibney.

A jury found Burley guilty on April 25, 2013, after a two day trial.  According to evidence at trial, on July 11, 2012, Burley met with a Spotsylvania-area man to purchase four ounces of high grade marijuana at the Spotsylvania Town Center Mall, near the Costco store.  Upon arrival, Burley got into the passenger seat of the victim’s car, placed a loaded handgun to the victim’s head and demanded the drugs.  A struggle ensued and the handgun discharged, hitting both the victim and the defendant.

The investigation was conducted by the Richmond Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.  Mr. MacBride and Special Agent Vasilko wish to acknowledge the significant assistance provided by the offices of Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney, William F. Neely, and Spotsylvania County Sheriff, Roger L. Harris, during the federal phase of this investigation.  This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant United States Attorneys Brian Hood and Erik S. Siebert 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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