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Va. robbery getaway driver gets nearly 13 years

Friday - 5/11/2012, 12:28pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A Richmond man who admitted being the getaway driver in eight robberies has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride says 22-year-old David Whitaker and his accomplices netted more than $3,400 from the robberies.

Whitaker pleaded guilty in February to three counts of robbery affecting interstate commerce and one firearm count. At sentencing Thursday in federal court in Richmond, Whitaker admitted to committing five other robberies.

The robberies occurred from April 30, 2011, through Aug. 5, 2011 at gas stations, fast food restaurants, convenience stores and a payday loan business in Richmond.

Accomplice Antonio Smith was sentenced previously to more than 39 years while Gary Young received 38 years and six months in prison.

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