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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Virginia man gets nearly six years for armed robbery of drug dealer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that William Seltzer, 29, of Wytheville, Virginia, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.

In July 2013, Seltzer pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting armed robbery affecting interstate commerce. He admitted that on April 22, 2012, he, Robert Barcliff, Keith Glenn and Robert Jared Smith carried out an armed home-invasion robbery in Marmet, West Virginia. They believed the victim to be a drug dealer in possession of oxycodone pills or proceeds from drug sales. Seltzer worked with Barcliff to set up the robbery, and provided information to him about the location of the victim. After receiving word from Seltzer that it was time to enter the apartment, Barcliff and Smith entered the apartment brandishing firearms to carry out the robbery. They stole drug proceeds from the victim before fleeing. A firearm was discharged during the robbery.

This robbery was part of a larger conspiracy committed by Robert Barcliff and his associates. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Barcliff, Keith Glenn, Brandon Davis, Darrell Gillespie, Jamaa Johnson and others conspired and agreed to commit armed home-invasion robberies of drug dealers in West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. The objective of the conspiracy and robberies was to steal drugs, drug proceeds and firearms. The group targeted drug dealers because they believed them not likely to call the police.

Barcliff was recently sentenced to 16 years in federal prison. Johnson and Gillespie are scheduled to be sentenced in May 2015.

United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston imposed the sentence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Charleston Police Department and Charleston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Monica D. Coleman handled the prosecution.


Updated January 8, 2016