ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — Three who pleaded guilty in July to robbing the I-81 Travel Plaza in Wythe County in May 2018 were sentenced Wednesday, Oct. 16, in federal court.
Christyen Sumpter, 27, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Michael Anthony Wilson, 25, was sentenced to 12 years. Perla Isel Pineda-Osorio, 25, was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months, according to the Department of Justice.
In July, the three defendants pled guilty to one count of robbery by threatening physical violence, one count of transporting a stolen vehicle in interstate commerce, one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, possess a motor vehicle that had crossed a state boundary after being stolen, and transporting in interstate commerce a vehicle that had been stolen.
On May 28, 2018, the three individuals posed as hitchhikers in South Carolina. When they were picked up, they pulled guns on the driver and forced him withdraw money from several ATMs.
The defendants left the victim on the side of the road and proceeded to North Carolina where they robbed stores in the cities of Charlotte and Jonesville, North Carolina.
Later that night, they entered Virginia and robbed a store in Wythe County. Soon after, law enforcement recognized the stolen vehicle and pursued the defendants in a high-speed chase. The vehicle crashed and law enforcement were able to arrest the defendants. Law enforcement recovered BB guns that appeared like firearms that were used in the robberies.