​​Commonwealth v. Wiley Junius Smith; Stolen Lottery Tickets Help Nab Robber; Judge Imposes 22-Year Sentence

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Wiley Junius Smith, 41 years old, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for charges of Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, and Use of a Firearm. Judge Croshaw sentenced Smith to 33 years in prison with 11 years suspended leaving 22 years to serve.  This sentence was at the high end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines which recommended a maximum sentence of 22 years and 2 months in prison.  

Smith pled guilty on July 16, 2014.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on April 8, 2014, Smith walked into the Smoker’s Choice convenience store on Indian River Road in the city of Virginia Beach.  He pointed a handgun at the cashier and demanded money.  After taking money from the cash register, Smith ordered the cashier toward the store safe. As she was trying to open the safe, Smith took several lottery tickets from the counter.  The store owner then walked into the store, unaware the robbery was taking place inside.  Smith calmly walked out of the store with the cash and lottery tickets. 


Smith was apprehended on April 11, 2014, after giving a female acquaintance the stolen winning lottery tickets to cash.  The acquaintance provided Smith’s name to the police. When the police found Smith in a hotel room, he had two handguns and an assault rifle in his possession.  He confessed to the robbery at Smoker’s Choice, although he said he borrowed a different gun from a friend to use during the robbery.


Smith has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1989.  Some of his most serious convictions include Robbery (2 counts), Use of a Firearm (2 counts), Possession of Firearm by Felon, Burglary, Attempted Burglary, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I/II Drugs, Possession of a Sawed Off Shotgun, Grand Larceny, Larceny from the Person, and multiple Violations of Probation.  


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andre J. Rosenberg. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.