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Armed robberies net 17 years behind bars
A man who committed four armed robberies in Stafford during a 36-hour span last year was ordered Tuesday to serve 17 years in prison.
John Daniel Scenters, 33, was sentenced in Stafford Circuit Court to a total of 97 years with 80 years suspended. He was also placed on probation for the rest of his life.
Scenters pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery, three counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon. Several more charges were dropped.
According to prosecutor Caleb Frigerio, Scenters robbed the CVS Pharmacy at 388 Garrisonville Road twice. He also robbed the Tiger Mart on Garrisonville Road and the Fas Mart at 2983 Jefferson Davis Highway.
In each case, Scenters approached the front counter while displaying a small handgun and demanded cash from the register. He got a combined total of about $500 in the robberies.
Frigerio said that in at least two of the robberies, Scenters apologized profusely while committing them but said that he had to do it.
Detective Todd Nosal recognized Scenters in one of the store surveillance camera pictures and had officers watching Scenters’ residence on Oak Road.
The officers were already on the lookout early Oct. 30 when the final robbery took place at the Fas Mart.
In addition to money, three cartons of Newport cigarettes and lottery tickets were taken. Those items were immediately found when Scenters drove up that morning with his wife.
A subsequent search of the home turned up clothes Scenters was wearing in the other robberies. Police said Scenters also implicated himself in recorded conversations made from jail.
His wife, Jeannine Scenters, was initially charged as well, but all charges against her were later dropped.
John Scenters already had a long criminal record that includes convictions for malicious wounding and drug-related offenses, but his last felony conviction was 13 years ago.
Attorney Mark Gardner represented Scenters.
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