LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A man has been convicted of charges stemming from an armed robbery of a cab driver in February 2019.
According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburhg, on March 9, Stacey Lee Miller was convicted on charges related to an armed robbery of a cab driver. After a bench trial, Miller was convicted for robbery, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Officials say a cab driver picked up two men in the 1600 block of Bedford Avenue on the night of Feb. 10, 2019. The cab driver drove the men to their destination on Grayson Avenue in Lynchburg and both men exited the cab.
One of the men, later identified as Miller, spat a plastic baggie corner he had been chewing into a paper wrapper, threw it on the ground, drew a pistol, and placed it to the back of the cab driver’s head. Both men demanded money from the cab driver while threatening to kill him. The cab driver gave them all his cash and the two men ran away.
Lynchburg police officers responded to the incident and performed a crime scene analysis. Among the forensic evidence was the plastic baggie that had been in the gunman’s mouth, which was analyzed by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and produced a DNA profile that matched a known DNA sample from Miller.
Miller was interviewed by Detective David Dubie with the Lynchburg Police Department, during which time he denied any involvement in the robbery or being around Grayson Avenue on that night.
The cab driver positively identified Miller as the gunman robber.
The final sentencing hearing for these charges is set for 1:30 p.m. on June 19 in the Lynchburg Circuit Court.
The robbery charge carries a sentence of five years to life. Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years while possession of a firearm by a felon carries a mandatory minimum sentence of two years.