One Accused in Toano Gas Station Robbery Pleads Not Guilty

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Donte Nelson (Courtesy James City County Police)
Donte Nelson (Courtesy James City County Police)

One of four men accused of holding two gas station employees at gunpoint and robbing them will face a jury in August.

Donte Devonte Nelson, 20, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of robbery, abduction and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony Monday in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court.

Nelson will face a jury in his trial, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 13.

Nelson is suspected of walking into the Star Express on Old Stage Road in Toano the night of Dec. 29 with Dijon Boyd and demanding money from two employees before forcing them into a freezer.

Police were summoned to the area by the employees, who called 911 after the suspects left. Officers arrested Boyd and two men – Dominnic Christian and Tysean Ransome – who were waiting in a car outside the convenience store. Nelson was located in the Lafayette Square subdivision the next day and arrested.

The trial against Christian, who is facing a felony robbery charge is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 15.

Charges against Ransome were dropped during his April preliminary hearing when it was ruled prosecutors did not provide enough evidence necessary to move the case to a grand jury.

Former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Gaten said at the time the prosecution planned to directly indict Ransome on the charges after gathering more evidence.

Boyd has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 25. He faces felony charges of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, two counts of abduction and one count of conspiracy to commit robbery, along with a misdemeanor assault charge.

 

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