Robbery nets felony convictions

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By John Barnhart

The haul that three men got from robbing the participants at a poker game, last spring, consisted of some cigarettes, less than $1,000 in cash and 18 felony convictions.

Demetrious Brown, Dwayne Brown and Tyrell Spinner each entered guilty pleas, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court on 11 counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm while committing a robbery, one count of breaking and entering with the intent to rob and one count of shooting in an occupied building. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Robinette said that there were 11 counts of robbery because 11 men were robbed.

"These are the guys who went inside and actually did the robbery," Robinette said.

The men burst through the door of Apartment A-3 of the Liberty Apartments on Centerville road, each carrying a gun. Robinette said they had a .22 cal. pistol, a 9mm pistol and the semi-automatic version of an AK-47 rifle.

After the robbery, they hid in the weeds and bushes of a field and called Durell Brown. Robinette said that when Durell Brown he found out what they and done, he helped get rid of some of the guns. For his part, he pleaded guilty to eight counts of being an accessory after the fact. These are misdemeanor charges and he received a one year sentence for each for a total of eight years in prison. All but six months of this was suspended and he already served three months in jail before being released on bond.

Robinette said that once Brown finishes the remainder of his active jail time, he will be released on five years unsupervised probation. This means he must maintain good behavior or he could face up to seven-and-a-half years behind bars.

A sentencing hearing for the others will be held after a presentencing report is prepared.