Man pleads guilty in three robbery cases
Mar 14, 2013 (The Free Lance-Star - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A local man will serve no more than six years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to three robbery-related incidents that occurred last year in Fredericksburg.
Matthew H.C. Coleman, 25, was convicted of two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery in Fredericksburg Circuit Court.
As part of a plea agreement, several misdemeanor charges were dropped and it was agreed that Coleman will receive a maximum of six years to serve when he is sentenced May 9.
According to the evidence and police reports, Coleman was involved in the robberies of food delivery drivers in Forest Village off Fall Hill Avenue on Oct. 18 and 21.
He also attacked a 72-year-old man who was walking toward Normandy Village on the canal path Nov. 6.
Coleman demanded money, then threw the victim to the ground after learning that he had nothing of value. The victim suffered injuries to his face, arm and ankle but declined to get medical treatment.
On Oct. 18, a driver for Hunan Garden was delivering an order to 1600 Forest Village when he was approached by Coleman. The driver initially handed Coleman the food, thinking he was the one who had ordered it, but tried to take it back after realizing Coleman wasn't going to pay.
The driver finally gave up the food after Coleman threatened to hit him with a beer bottle, according to police reports.
Three days later, a Pizza Hut driver was delivering three pizzas and drinks in Forest Village when a group of men approached and one tackled him.
The victim was assaulted and had money and a cellphone taken from his pockets. The attackers also took the food.
Coleman and two other men, Terry Lee Santos and Jeremy L. Coker, were arrested in that incident. Santos has a trial scheduled for March 21, while Coker's is set for May 16.
Coleman was arrested early Nov. 9 when after he broke into a room at the Thomas Jefferson motel on Augustine Avenue and went to sleep.
Police recovered two toy guns from the room that had been altered to look like real weapons. Coleman admitted to his role in the canal path and Forest Village incidents.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
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