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Press Release

Man Sentenced to 14 Years for 31 Armed Robberies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man who participated in 31 armed robberies in Hampton Roads was sentenced today to 14 years in prison.

According to court documents, from August 2016 to January 2017, Jesse Bray, 22, participated in 31 armed robberies with two other co-conspirators, including convenience stores, gas stations, cash advance stores and wireless phone stores. Bray and his co-conspirators would enter the various stores brandishing firearms, including in some instances a sawed-off shotgun, and demanding money. The men stole approximately $10,000 during the robberies.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Arron J. Graves, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. 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. 2:17-cr-51.


Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated September 8, 2017

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