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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Richmond Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery of Cell Phone Stores

RICHMOND, Va. – Julius Ripley, 60, of Richmond, pleaded guilty yesterday for his in role the robberies of a Sprint Wireless store located in Colonial Heights and the robbery of a Verizon Wireless store located in Mechanicsville.  Ripley was also ordered to pay $49,002 in restitution to the victims of the offense.

In a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Ripley admitted that on February 1, 2015, he robbed the Adcomm store (Sprint) located in Colonial Heights.  He entered the business with a small, semi-automatic handgun and demanded the employees give him cell phones and cash.  He then had the employees remove their clothing and ordered them at gunpoint into the bathroom.  Ripley obtained $39, 912 worth of phones and tablets from the robbery, and $140.00 in cash. Ripley also admitted that on March 2, 2015, he robbed the Wireless Zone store (Verizon) located in Mechanicsville.  Ripley entered the business with a small semi-automatic handgun and demanded the employees give him cell phones.  He then had the employees remove their clothing and ordered them at gunpoint into the back room of the store.  Ripley obtained approximately $8,950.00 worth of phones and tablets from the robbery. 

Ripley was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 2, 2015, and faces a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison when sentenced on July 28, 2016. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office; and Douglas A. Middleton, Chief of Police for the Henrico County Police Division, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney.

This case was investigated by officers and detectives with the Henrico County Police Division in conjunction with the FBI’s Central Virginia Violent Crime Task Force.  Assistant U.S. Attorney S. David Schiller is prosecuting 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. 3:15-cr-107.

Topic: 
Violent Crimes
Updated April 15, 2016