Suffolk man sentenced to 59 years for 10 armed robberies

Arthur Santiful

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Suffolk man was sentenced to 59 years in prison Thursday for a series of armed robberies throughout Hampton Roads.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Arthur Santiful committed 10 armed robberies in August and September 2015. He was found guilty on all counts on Sept. 12, 2016, after a four-day jury trial.

Trial testimony revealed that Santiful and another man, Michael Zeigler, robbed eight 7-Eleven stores, a hotel and a pizza delivery driver at gunpoint during a six-week crime spree. Prosecutors say Santiful was armed during each of the robberies. Witnesses said in court that he shot at one robbery victim, pistol-whipped another victim and told several clerks that they would die if they didn’t hand over what the suspects wanted.

2nd suspect in custody following two 7-Eleven robberies

On top of the robbery charges, Santiful was also charged with two counts of brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Zeigler pleaded guilty and accepted responsibility for his crimes. He was sentenced on Dec. 20 to 14 years in prison.

Michael Zeigler
Michael Zeigler