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Eastern District of Virginia

Friday, February 3, 2017

Newport News Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Tidewater Robberies

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Sylvester Lipscombe, 49, of Newport News, was sentenced to 20 years in prison his role in a string of commercial robberies in Suffolk, Hampton, and Newport News in 2015.

Lipscombe was pleaded guilty on Sept. 22, 2016. According to court documents, Lipscombe completed multiple commercial robberies from September 29 to Dec. 28, 2015. Over the 90 day period Lipscombe completed the following five robberies: 1) Burger King in Suffolk, Sept. 29, 2015; 2) Krispy Kreme in Hampton, Oct. 18, 2015; 3) Hampton Health Mart in Hampton, Dec. 1, 2015; 4) Checksmart in Hampton, Dec. 4, 2015; 5) Metro PCS in Newport News, Dec. 23, 2015. At sentencing Lipscombe was ordered to pay $8,816.22 in restitution, and was sentenced to an additional two years in prison for violating the terms of his federal supervised release.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Michael B. Boxler, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; Richard W. Myers, Chief of Newport News Police; Terry L. Sult, Chief of Hampton Police Division; and Thomas E. Bennett, Chief of Suffolk Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy E. Cross prosecuted the case.


A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:16-cr-40.

Violent Crime
Updated February 3, 2017