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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Bassett Man Pleads Guilty to Robbery

Christopher Bowers Admits to Robbing Drug Dealer

DANVILLE, VIRGINIA – A Bassett, Virginia man, who committed armed robbery during an intended drug deal, pled guilty yesterday in federal court, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced.

Christopher L. Bowers, 23, of Bassett, Virginia, pled guilty yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to one count of robbery, as a principal and aider and abettor. At sentencing, he faces a maximum possible penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

“We are thankful this violent robbery didn’t end in a much more tragic way,” United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. said today. “So often, the mixture of drugs and guns has deadly consequences. We will continue to work with our partners in law enforcement to slow the tide of violence and drug trafficking in our communities.”

According to evidence presented at yesterday’s hearing, in the early morning hours of December 10-11 2014, Bowers and an associate, Christopher Strokes, went to a home in Henry County for the purpose of obtaining pills.  When Stokes and Bowers arrived, a disagreement arose over the price of the drugs. At that time, Bowers brandished a firearm and threatened one of the victims.  Stokes, who was not initially armed, seized a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber pistol belonging to one of the home’s residents, confronted a second victim, demanded money, and then fired the pistol into the wall.  Bowers and Stokes then fled with stolen pills, the Smith & Wesson pistol, and approximately $400 in cash.

The investigation of the case was conducted by Department of Homeland Security. Assistant United States Attorney Anthony P. Giorno and Special Assistant United States Attorney Kari K. Munro prosecuted the case for the United States.

Violent Crime
Updated May 4, 2016