Man gets 59 years for robberies

Published 9:38 pm Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Suffolk man was sentenced Thursday to 59 years in prison for 10 armed robberies he committed in August and September of 2015.

Arthur Santiful, 27, was found guilty on all counts on Sept. 12, 2016, after a four-day jury trial, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Violent crime will be met with significant consequences,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This sentence reflects the fair and measured judgment of the court in the case of two armed robbers, one who accepted responsibility for the harm he caused, and the other who did not.

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Santiful’s co-conspirator, Michael Zeigler, pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to 14 years in prison.

According to trial testimony, the two robbed at gunpoint eight 7-Eleven stores, a hotel and a pizza delivery driver during a six-week crime spree, the press release stated.

Santiful was armed during each of the robberies, according to the press release. Witnesses testified he shot at one victim, pistol-whipped a second victim, and told several clerks they would die if they did not hand over money and cigarettes.

Santiful was also charged with two counts of brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the release.