Suffolk man sentenced for robberies

Published 9:56 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Suffolk man was sentenced in federal court last week for his role in seven robberies of area convenience stores.

Ronald Randolph McKinney, 22, will serve 205 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised probation, for using a firearm during the robberies and conspiracy to commit the robberies. His co-conspirator, Anthony Deshaune Lewis, 20, of Portsmouth, was sentenced this week to 184 months in prison.

According to court documents, McKinney and Lewis robbed a total of seven 7-Eleven convenience stores in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton and Newport News on May 17 and 18, 2012. McKinney was the gunman in four robberies while Lewis drove the getaway car, and they switched roles for the other three crimes.

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McKinney was identified by victims in two Norfolk robberies, and Lewis was identified in Hampton and Newport News crimes, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

McKinney gave a confession following his arrest, according to the press release. Both men pleaded guilty in April.

They also were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,214.31.