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Winchester Man Sentenced for Armed Hobbs Act Robbery of Martin’s Food Pharmacy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Virginia
Carl Morris II Robbed Winchester Pharmacy in January 2019; Discharged a Firearm during the Incident

Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA – A Winchester man, who in January 2019 committed an armed robbery at Martin’s Food in Winchester, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 138 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to a pair of related federal charges. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] Washington Field Division Ashan M. Benedict made the announcement today.

Carl William Morris, 44, who pleaded guilty in August 2019 to one count of Armed, Hobbs Act Robbery and one count of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, was also ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, on January 18, 2019, Morris approached a pharmacy clerk at the cash register at Martin’s Food on Gateway Drive in Winchester. While the clerk was ringing up a purchase, Morris pulled a black handgun from his waistband and directed the clerk to “give me all your pain meds.” The clerk complied with Morris’ demand and handed over multiple bottles of controlled substances, including Oxycontin valued at over $2,000.

The defendant took four bottles of the medication and fled the store. A second pharmacy clerk followed Morris out of the store and into the parking lot. Upon seeing the second clerk, Morris discharged his firearm in the clerk’s direction. The bullet did not strike the clerk. After firing his weapon, Morris fled into a nearby wooded area where he was tracked by a police canine officer and ultimately apprehended by law enforcement.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jeb Terrien is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated December 12, 2019

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