19-Year-Old Gets 97 Years for String of Robberies

A 19-year-old Virginia man has felt the full force of the law for a spate of armed robberies carried out over two weeks. On Monday, teenager Raymond Lewis Perry was sentenced to almost 100 years in prison.

Perry, from Norfolk, was sentenced in federal court Monday for his crime spree, which saw him robbing a variety of commercial businesses in Virginia and North Carolina.

These included a pizzeria, a 7-Eleven and a LukOil gas station in Virginia Beach. A clerk at the gas station robbery was shot, but survived. Court records show all of the robberies were carried out in September 2010.

In the same month, Perry was also found guilty of holding up two Family Foods grocery stores in Gates County, North Carolina. His lengthy list of charges includes conspiracy to interfere with commerce by means of robbery, three counts of interference with commerce by means of robbery, and four counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

And his final sentence for these crimes? A stunning 96 and a half years in prison.


Perry did not act alone in his criminal activities. Two other men have been arrested in connection with the crimes, 36-year-old Wade Watford and a 17 year-old. Both are currently held by police and awaiting trial.

Perry was convicted in June, and will begin his sentence immediately.

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