17-year-old gets 20 years for armed robbery

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man will spend the next two decades in jail for an armed robbery he committed as a juvenile.

Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced 19-year-old Sean Demario Garland on Monday for the following charges: four counts armed robbery, statutory burglary, four counts abduction with intent to extort money, three counts conspiracy, and four counts use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Garland pleaded guilty in May, according to Macie Pridgen with the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Virginia Beach.

Pridgen said the Commonwealth’s evidence proves Garland and co-defendant Mark David Coleman were at a 7-Eleven store on June 28, 2013 when they saw someone Coleman knew sold marijuana. They asked to buy marijuana, but instead robbed the acquaintance at gunpoint.

Coleman then forced the victim to withdraw $200 from the 7-Eleven ATM and hand it over. At the same time, Garland robbed the victim’s friend at gunpoint, outside the store.

They forced the victim and his friend to drive to the victim’s parents’ home, where Garland robbed the residents at gunpoint. Coleman and Garland stole electronics, jewelry and cash before fleeing.

Police officers spotted the suspect vehicle being driven by Coleman. He fled police and ultimately crashed the vehicle and was arrested. Garland tried to run, but was captured by a police K-9.

Coleman is serving an 18-year prison sentence for the crimes.

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