LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR)– A Lynchburg jury has convicted 18-year-old Keyon Da’Monta Petty for a second robbery that occurred on Feb. 16 on Bedford Avenue.
According to the City of Lynchburg’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bethany Harrison, Petty was convicted of the following charges on Friday, Dec. 16:
- use or Display of a Firearm
- use of a Firearm During a Felony,
- possession of a Handgun by a Minor
Lynchburg Police say they received a call about a woman who was robbed by three people at 6:18 p.m. The woman told officers that she was contacted by a stranger, who was later identified as Petty, on Facebook who claimed to know her cousin. She told officers that Petty asked for a ride and offered to pay her gas money.
According to officials, they agreed to meet on Bedford Avenue in front of the Arc of Central Virginia. When the women arrived Petty and two other males were outside. Petty told one of the males, who was identified as 17-year-old Jordan Banks, to grab his phone so he can send the woman money.
Banks, Petty, and a third male then surrounded the car with guns drawn. Petty reached into the driver’s side window and took a small backpack, wallet, $80, and an iPhone. The woman was able to drive away toward Rivermount Ave where she called the cops with a second phone.
Police say the next day, Banks turned himself in and Petty was located at the Miles Market on Rivermount Avenue. Petty fled the scene and was arrested by police in a stairwell at a local church. During the arrest, police say they found a nine-millimeter Smith and Wesson pistol in his pocket.
Banks pleaded guilty to robbery use of a firearm on Dec. 14. According to the City of Lynchburg’s Commonwealths Attorney, Bethany Harrison he was sentenced pursuant to a plea agreement with the following:
- Ten years with eight suspended
- 24 months of supervised probation
- Eight years of good behavior,
- Signed a written admission to being an “8 Tray Crips gang member
- Was barred from further affiliation with that gang or any other criminal street gang.
Petty is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 18, 2023, at 9 a.m.