Monday, September 17, 2012

Culpeper Man Sentenced to More than 50 Years for Armed Robberies, Carjacking

ALEXANDRIA, VA—George Golder Phillips II, 33, of Culpeper, Virginia, was sentenced to 619 months in prison today for committing a series of armed robberies of financial institutions and businesses and kidnapping and carjacking a woman.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ken Cuccinelli, II, Attorney General of Virginia; and James McJunkin, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Phillips was sentenced today by United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.

According to court records, in 2008 through 2009, Phillips—often armed with a firearm—robbed more than $87,000 from six financial institutions and three businesses in Virginia. In addition, Phillips admitted that on September 17, 2009, he approached a woman in Prince William County, Virginia, brandished a firearm, and forced her into her car. With the victim sitting blindfolded in the passenger seat, Phillips drove the car from Virginia and across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland, where he crashed the car into another car and fled on foot.

Phillips is already serving two state sentences for other offenses: 20 years in prison for the attempted murder and malicious wounding of two sheriff’s deputies in Fauquier County, Virginia, and 40 years in prison for a murder in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. The court ordered that his federal sentence should be served consecutive to the state sentences.

The investigation was conducted by FBI’s Washington Field Office jointly with the Virginia State Police; Fauquier County, Orange County, and Frederick County Sheriff’s Offices; and Prince William County and Front Royal Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Fahey and Virginia Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney Marc Birnbaum are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.

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