Man Sentenced to Prison for Role in Multiple Robberies
RICHMOND, Va. – A Chester man was sentenced today to 15 years for participating in the robbery of three convenience stores and the attempted robbery of another convenience store.
According to court documents, Devin VanGundy, 24, and his co-defendants were involved in a string of armed robberies and an attempted robbery at various gas stations and convenience stores located in the areas of Chesterfield County and Richmond during March 2018. In each of the robberies and attempted robbery, VanGundy provided the firearm for his accomplice to use, and acted as a getaway driver. The accomplice, in all the robberies, brandished VanGundy’s firearm, placing the store clerks in fear for their lives.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and MaryJo Thomas, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Duffey 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. 3:18-cr-88.