Caroline man gets 16 years in truck stop robberies
BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A Caroline County man convicted of robbing two Hanover County truck stops in January will spend the next 16 years in prison.
Brian M. “Rudy” Braxton, 29, of Concord Road in Ruther Glen pleaded guilty to four felony counts of robbery and four counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony during a June hearing in Hanover Circuit Court.
On Monday, he was sentenced to 132 years in prison with all but 16 years and five months suspended.
“I just want to do this time and get it over with,” Braxton told Judge J. Overton Harris.
Hanover Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney Angela O’Connor said the sentence is in the midpoint of the sentencing guidelines.
Braxton will also be on indefinite supervised probation once he is released, and must pay nearly $7,000 in restitution.
The first of the four robberies occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 4 at the Truck Stops of America at the Lewistown Road exit off Interstate 95 south of Ashland, O’Connor said.
After displaying a handgun and demanding money from the clerk, the suspect fled on foot with cash, she said.
The robber was wearing a unique Camaro jacket in a surveillance video.
In Braxton’s Facebook profile picture, he is seen wearing a Camaro jacket similar to the one shown in the surveillance photos.
O’Connor said the same location was robbed again, twice on Jan. 7.
The first of those robberies occurred at the service desk at 2:45 a.m.
Moments later, a second robbery involving the same man occurred at the fuel desk, which is in a different area of the truck stop, she said.
During both incidents, the suspect displayed a gun and demanded money from a clerk. The suspect then fled on foot with cash.
A fourth robbery occurred on Jan. 10 at the Doswell Truck Stop in the 10200 block of King’s Dominion Boulevard. There, a man identified as Braxton brandished a gun and demanded money from the clerk.
No one was hurt in any of the robberies, O’Connor said, but they did fear for their lives.
Four counts of abduction involving the clerks were dropped in General District Court.
Braxton, who was unemployed at the time of the robberies, has one young daughter he was trying to support, his attorney Ed Vaughn said.
Braxton is being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail until his transfer to the state Department of Corrections.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419