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Virginia man gets nearly six years for robbing drug dealers

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

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced today that Brandon Davis, 24, from Wytheville, Virginia, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.

In October 2012, Davis pleaded guilty to his role in robbing Charleston drug dealer Cabell Franklin. He admitted that on Jan. 18, 2012, he and Robert Barcliff committed the robbery, during which Franklin was shot in the leg and stabbed.

This robbery was part of a larger conspiracy among Barcliff and his associates. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Barcliff, Davis, Keith Glenn, 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 it unlikely they would 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. Johnson 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