Release Date: Monday, November 1, 2010 5:30 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Robert Larry Guillory, Jr., 29 years old, who previously resided in the 800 block of Chimney Hill Parkway, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson to a total of 46 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections on charges of four (4) counts of Armed Robbery of a Bank and four (4) counts of Use of a Firearm. Judge Hanson ordered Guillory to serve 18 years of that sentence and suspended 28 years conditioned upon 28 years of good behavior and indefinite supervised probation. Guillory entered a guilty plea on May 19, 2010.
Mr. Bryant further announced that the co-defendant in the case, Keith Antoine Johnson, 28 years old, who previously resided in the 4500 block of Yarmouth Court, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson to a total of 80 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections on charges of four (4) counts of Armed Robbery of a Bank and four (4) counts of Use of a Firearm. Judge Hanson ordered Johnson to serve 38 years of that sentence and suspended 42 years conditioned upon 40 years of good behavior and indefinite supervised probation. Johnson entered a guilty plea on June 16, 2010.
Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that in December 2008, Robert Larry Guillory, Jr. and Keith Antoine Johnson committed a series of four bank robberies in the City of Virginia Beach. In each of the robberies, one of the defendants would go into the bank and rob the tellers while holding a customer at gunpoint, while the other acted as the getaway driver and waited nearby in a car.
On December 30, 2008, Officer J. Cason of the Virginia Beach Police Department observed a vehicle fitting the description of the one used in the bank robberies. Officer Cason followed the vehicle to a car dealership parking lot. The driver, Keith Johnson, fled from the vehicle and hid in a nearby dumpster, where he was located and arrested. Police recovered evidence tying Johnson to the bank robberies from the vehicle, including $16,905.00 in cash, a BB gun wrapped in black electrical tape to simulate the appearance of a real gun, black gloves with red bank dye stains, and a white t-shirt with red bank dye stains. When later arrested and questioned, both Johnson and Guillory admitted involvement in each of the four bank robberies, though both claimed to be the getaway driver.
Guillory did not have any previous criminal convictions on his record. Johnson was previously convicted of Armed Robbery of a Bank and Use of a Firearm in Richmond in 2001. Johnson also has prior convictions for Grand Larceny, Burglary, Escape, Felony Obstruction of Law Enforcement, Concealed Weapon, Resisting Arrest and Attempt Assault on Law Enforcement.
The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Wendy R. Alexander. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.