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

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bassett Man Sentenced on Robbery Charge

Christopher Bowers Previously Admitted to Robbing Drug Dealer

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

Christopher L. Bowers, 23, of Bassett, Virginia, previously pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville to one count of robbery, as a principal and aider and abettor. Today in District Court, Bowers was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release thereafter.  

“This situation could have ended in much more tragic circumstances,” United States Attorney Fishwick 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 previous hearings, 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, Bowers was armed with a pistol. A disagreement arose over the price of the drugs. At that time, Bowers brandished a firearm and struck 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.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated August 16, 2016