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Press Release

Two Members Of Violent Armed Robbery Crew Sentenced

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two defendants were sentenced today for participating in a violent armed robbery crew that operated in northern Virginia.

Calvin Leon Lewis, 30, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced to 35 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for two counts of using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  Ray Allen Dicks, Jr., 26, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for conspiring to commit a robbery affecting interstate commerce.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Valerie Parlave, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Earl L. Cook, Alexandria Chief of Police; Stephan M. Hudson, Prince William County Chief of Police; and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.

On April 21, 2014, Lewis pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his participation in the Nov. 14, 2013 robbery of the US 1 Tobacco store in Woodbridge, Virginia, and in the Nov. 17, 2013 robbery of a Safeway grocery store in Alexandria, Virginia.  During the US 1 Tobacco robbery, a store clerk was shot in the head and suffered serious injuries.

After a jury trial on May 13, 2014, Dicks was found guilty of conspiring to commit the Safeway robbery.  According to court records and evidence adduced at trial, three armed and masked men robbed the Safeway in Old Town Alexandria while another waited nearby in a getaway vehicle.  On March 28, 2013, two other defendants—Artemus Lamarr Riley and Louis Anthony Jackson—pleaded guilty for their involvement in the Safeway robbery, as well as three other robberies in King George County, Virginia.  Riley and Jackson were each sentenced to 35 years in prison and ordered to pay $17,134.00 in restitution.

This case was jointly investigated by FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Alexandria City, Prince William County, and Washington Metropolitan Police Department, with assistance from the King George County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia T. Giles and Rebeca H. Bellows 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. 1:14-cr-15.

Updated August 11, 2016