Martin’s Robber Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison
December 13, 2019
HARRISONBURG – A Winchester man who robbed Martin’s in Winchester was sentenced to 138 months in prison by a district court judge on Wednesday.
Carl William Morris held a Martin’s clerk at gunpoint and demanded them to “give me all your pain meds” in January. The clerk complied and Morris left the store with several pill bottles and over $2000 worth of Oxycontin. According to testimony during the trial, Morris was suffering from withdrawal symptoms due to an addiction to the pain medication. As he left the store a second clerk followed him to the parking lot, at which point Morris fired at least one round from his weapon at the clerk. The bullet did not make contact with the Martin’s employee. Eventually Morris was tracked down by a police canine officer and captured.
Morris faced charges of armed, Hobbs Act robbery and of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence in the U.S Western District Court in Harrisonburg. The charge of using a firearm during a felony carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 10-years in prison. There was video and physical evidence showing Morris committed the act in question and he pleaded guilty in August to the charges against him. Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon ruled that Morris will serve the 11.5 year sentence, and participate in three years of supervised probation upon release. Morris will also not be allowed to live at home with firearms.
Morris will also be required to pay $14,000 in restitution to the clerk that he fired upon. It was claimed in a letter written to Judge Dillon that the woman has undergone therapy since the event, and that her previous mental state has not been returned.
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