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Men sentenced in Good Samaritan shooting in Caroline County
Two Richmond men were each sentenced to more than 50 years in prison today for the May 2010 botched robbery of the Mr. Fuel gas station in Caroline County where a Good Samaritan was shot four times.
Warren Harold Brown, 32, was sentenced to 51 years in prison while Winston Sylvester Oliver II, 34, was sentenced to 52 and a half years in prison by U.S. District Judge James Spencer.
Both men were convicted in September in federal court of conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery affecting commerce and two counts of using a firearm during a crime. They faced life in prison.
Despite the testimony of three witnesses, surveillance video and DNA evidence, both men said they were not involved.
“I pleaded not guilty and I’m sticking with it and maintaining my innocence,” Brown, the convicted gunman, said after apologizing to the victims for what they went through.
Judge Spencer ridiculed Brown saying that he must be living in a “fantasy world.”
“To anybody who can see, it’s clear that Mr. Brown is guilty of this offense,” Spencer said before handing down his ruling. “I have no doubt about that.”
Oliver, who was said to be the mastermind and getaway driver, said no physical evidence put him at the robbery and that he plans to appeal.
“What happened to the burden of proof? I’m trying to figure out why I’m sitting here right now,” Oliver said to the judge. “I hope this will be appealed, if not by the law then by my God.”