Man sentenced for attacking drug dealer

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man will spend 12 years behind bars for robbing and beating a person he had arranged to buy drugs from.

Tory Keith Stratton pleaded guilty Wednesday to malicious wounding, abduction, robbery, conspiracy and felony firearms charges stemming from an incident on November 8, 2013, according to Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle.

Stolle said the 24-year-old set up a meeting to buy marijuana at the Magnolia Chase Apartments, and he and his co-defendant pulled out guns and stole the drugs from the victim. Then they dragged the victim out of a car by his hair, pistol whipped him and beat him in the face.

Stolle said the co-defendant stole the victim’s guitar and yelled for Stratton to “kill him” as he ran from the scene. The victim grabbed Stratton’s gun and it went off, striking him in foot.

Stratton and the victim ended up in the same hospital for treatment. The victim’s keys were found in Stratton’s jacket at the hospital, Stolle said.

Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien sentenced Stratton to 35 years in prison, with 23 suspended.

Stratton was sentenced just last month for an incident in December 2012, for which he was convicted of the attempted malicious wounding, shooting into an occupied vehicle and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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