Petersburg man sentenced to 30 years for string of armed robberies

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Kenneth A. Reed, 23, of Petersburg, was sentenced today for his role in a series of robberies.  Reed was sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and 15 years for brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Reed pled guilty to the charges on January 15.  In support of that plea, he acknowledged that in September 2009 he and others robbed two banks and two hotels.  He admitted that on September 18, 2009, he drove two other individuals to the Virginia Commonwealth Bank, 3209 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia, and waited in the get-away car while the other individuals robbed the bank at gun-point.  During the course of that robbery, one of Reed's associates struck an employee of the bank in the head with a firearm.

On September 25, 2009, Reed admitted, he drove two other individuals to the Candlewood Suites Hotel, 5113 Plaza Drive, Hopewell, Virginia, and waited in the get-away car while those other individuals robbed the counter clerk at gunpoint.

Reed further admitted that on September 28, 2009, he participated with others in the armed robbery of the Holiday Inn Express, 11979 South Crater Road, Petersburg.  After leaving the Holiday Inn, the group illegally used access devises they had stolen in the robbery.

Later on September 28, 2009, Reed acknowledged, he and two others stole a Nissan Altima and a Nissan Maxima for use in a further robbery.  They then went to the CVS Store, 2738 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, to buy masks to use in their next robbery.  Shortly after they left the CVS, Reed drove the other two individuals to the M & T Bank, 3214 West Broad Street, in the stolen Maxima, and waited in the get-away car while the other two individuals, wearing the masks, robbed the bank at gunpoint.

Reed admitted that after the robbery, he drove the group to a remote location, where they had parked a Suburban, a third stolen car.  Shortly thereafter, police spotted the group in the Suburban and chased them.  The three were arrested a short time later.

Reed acknowledged that he had supplied the firearms used in each of the robberies.

Cordarell Johnson and Joseph Roach, co-defendants in the case, will be sentenced by Judge Hudson later.  Johnson's sentencing is scheduled for April 30 and Roach's is set for May 21.

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