Commonwealth v. Robert Lee Sacra Jr ; String of Armed Robberies Yields 28 Years in Prison

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Robert Lee Sacra Jr., 24 years old, who previously resided in the 2200 block Speckled Rock Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for six (6) counts each of Robbery and Use of a Firearm, three (3) counts of Wearing a Mask, two (2) counts of Conspiracy, and one (1) count of Abduction.  Judge Shockley sentenced Sacra to 65 years in prison, with 37 years suspended, leaving 28 years to serve.


Sacra pled guilty on February 12, 2013.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that between March 15, 2012 and August 23, 2012, Robert Lee Sacra committed six (6) armed robberies throughout the City of Virginia Beach.  On March 15 and June 29, 2012, Sacra entered the Miller Mart on London Bridge Road, masked and armed with a gun.  In both robberies, he demanded money and cigarettes from the employee. On August 23, 2012, Sacra committed a similar robbery at the Shell gas station on Centerville Turnpike, taking money and cigarettes from the store.


On August 22, 2012, Sacra approached two men sitting outside an apartment complex in the Green Run/Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach.  He displayed a gun and demanded their property.  Sacra made off with two iPhones, a wallet, and cigarettes. 


On August 23, 2012, Sacra and at least two men committed a home invasion robbery of a home in the Green Run/Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach.  He knocked on a door and rushed in, masked and armed, when an occupant opened the door.  Two other men rushed into the home as well, and one pointed a knife at the occupants.  The victims were ordered get to the ground and hand over money and drugs.  Sacra and his accomplices made off with electronics, drugs, car keys, wallets, and cell phones. 


Through their investigation, detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department learned that a cell phone from the August 22nd robbery was at Sacra’s home.  He was eventually apprehended and interviewed by police.  Sacra admitted all six (6) robberies. 


“Sacra and anyone who uses a gun to get their way are dangerous people,” Bryant said.  “All 28 years of the time Sacra will serve are mandatory minimum sentences for using a gun in the six robberies.  The message our state legislature and Congress have sent is ‘use a gun, go to prison.’ I believe our citizens support these and other mandatory minimum sentences, and that we can attribute the drop in crime to the requirement of such sentences.”


Sacra also has convictions for Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest, and Petit Larceny.


The case was prosecuted by Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Catherine Dodson.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.