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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 31, 2017

Four Norfolk Men Sentenced for AT&T Store Robberies

NORFOLK, Va. – Four Norfolk men have been sentenced to a combined 37 years in prison for their respective roles in several Tidewater AT&T Store robberies in early 2016.

The final defendant to face sentencing, Corey Holmes, 27, of Norfolk, was sentenced to 121 months in prison today. Kendrick Perry, 23, Brice Keeling, 24, and Breon Berry, 25, all of Norfolk, all have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. See the table below for additional details.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, the men conspired with one another to rob the stores of cellphones, tablets and cash. The men entered the stores wearing masks and brandished what appeared to be firearms at the employees. They would subsequently demand money and access to the unsold electronic devices, including cellphones and tablets. They then would make the employees get down on the floor, zip tied their hands and feet, and took the employees personal phones and some form of identification, telling the employees that they now know where the employees live. In total, the men took approximately $370,000 worth of electronic devices and approximately $3,432 in cash during the robberies. Keeling and Holmes conducted two of the robberies, while Keeling and Perry conducted the remaining robbery. Berry was the get-away driver for all three robberies. Their robbery spree ended when a construction worker took down the license plate of their fleeing vehicle during their last robbery. The plates came back to Berry who confessed to the robberies and named his co-conspirators. Keeling and Perry were arrested in Columbia, South Carolina, attempting to sell the electronic devices from the last robbery to a third party.

Name

Date of Guilty Plea

Date of Sentencing

Sentence

Corey Holmes

Oct. 7, 2016

Today

121 months

Kendrick Perry

Sept. 27, 2016

January 11

121 months

Brice Keeling

Oct. 11, 2016

January 26

125 months

Breon Berry

Sept. 27, 2016

February 6

84 months

 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis. Assistant U.S. Attorney William D. Muhr prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:16-cr-94.

Topic: 
Violent Crime
Updated March 31, 2017