Thursday, June 2, 2011
ACCOMAC --A presentence report was ordered for an Accomack County man who pleaded guilty to robbery and use of a firearm in Circuit Court here.
Montrell Cropper, 19, of New Church, admitted to going into an Oak Hall convenience store at five in the afternoon, putting a loaded shotgun to the head of a store clerk and demanding money.
The robbery occurred on Dec. 15 of last year. Commonwealth's attorney Gary Agar told the court that the clerk said, "Do not shoot me it's Christmas time."
Agar told the court that DNA evidence tied Cropper to the crime.
He said Cropper was cooperative and that he did not pursue separate charges for the use of the sawed-off shotgun.
Agar said that text messages showed that Cropper had planned the crime ahead of time and that the robbery was not a spur-of- the-moment decision.
"This shotgun was loaded," he told the court.
Defense attorney Carl Bundick asked that his client be considered for a youthful offender program. He said Cropper "was high on cocaine" when he committed the robbery.
H. Thomas Padrick Jr. said it was "highly doubtful" Cropper would be eligible for that program. He told Cropper the punishment for his crime could be life in prison.
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