A man who robbed two Fredericksburg service stations last year was ordered Wednesday to serve 15 years in prison.
David Clyde Ward, 23, and an accomplice, Adam D. Perminter, robbed a Sunoco on Oct. 20 and a Citgo station four days later. They made off with several hundred dollars between the two robberies.
Ward was previously convicted in Fredericksburg Circuit Court of two counts of robbery, two firearms offenses and wearing a mask in public. He was sentenced Wednesday to a total of 36 years, with 21 years suspended.
Perminter has also pleaded guilty to multiple charges in the city and will be sentenced Oct. 15. Both men have cases pending in Spotsylvania County, and Ward got an additional two years to serve Tuesday for theft-related crimes in King George County.
According to city prosecutor Travis Bird, Ward entered both city stores wearing a mask and grabbed money from the cash registers.
In the Sunoco robbery, Perminter held a gun while Ward made a threat. Ward entered the Citgo alone while Perminter waited outside.
They were arrested in Spotsylvania following a robbery at a 7-Eleven. Both made statements linking them to the city crimes.
Bird said BB guns were used in the robberies.
Ward said that was because they had no intention of hurting anyone. But Bird argued that “whenever you stick a gun in someone’s face, whether that gun is real or not, you should go to prison for a long time.”
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