Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Furman Troy, age 44, of Charlotte Hall, Maryland, today to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release for two counts of armed commercial robbery and for brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
Co-defendant Darrell Lee, age 46, also of Charlotte Hall, pleaded guilty to the same charges on November 19, 2014.
The sentence and guilty plea were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
According to their plea agreements, on June 18, 2014, Troy and Lee entered a jewelry store in Charlotte Hall, Maryland in order to commit a robbery. Lee brandished a firearm at the owner of the store and Troy subsequently bound the victim with duct tape. The robbers then demanded the key to the jewelry counter from an employee of the store and stole jewelry worth more than $8,800, cash, a laptop computer and other items. On June 22, 2014, Troy and Lee robbed a pharmacy in Mechanicsville, Maryland. During the robbery Lee again brandished a gun and Troy bound the employee with duct tape. Troy and Lee stole cash and prescription bottles containing oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone and endocet, valued at $8,897.
Judge Grimm has scheduled sentencing for Darrell Lee on March 27, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the FBI and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for their work in the investigation and recognized the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office for its assistance in the case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Leah J. Bressack, who prosecuted the case.