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Press Release

Norfolk Man Sentenced For Carjacking Sears Delivery Truck

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Gabriel Daniel Morrison Mitchell, 32, of Norfolk, Va. was sentenced on Friday to 260 months in prison.  Mitchell was convicted by a federal jury on June 22, 2012, on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, carjacking, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

            Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Carl J. Vasilko, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division, made the announcement after the sentencing by United States District Judge Mark S. Davis. 

On January 10, 2012, Gabriel D. M. Mitchell and co-defendant, Antonio D. McGhee,  carjacked a Sears delivery truck while it was delivering appliances in Hampton, Virginia. They were given information as to the property on the truck and the delivery schedule by an employee of a Sears sub-contractor, Travis Williams, who posed as one of the two victims. The actual victim was handcuffed, duct taped, and blind folded while Williams was barely restrained.  Mitchell and McGhee used a U-Haul truck to off load the appliances. The Sears appliances were later recovered. McGhee was also convicted by a jury on June 22, 2012, and on February 4, 2013, was sentenced to 244 months in prison.

            This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and assisted by Hampton Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Howard J. Zlotnick and Brian J. Samuels prosecuted this 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
Updated March 18, 2015