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Two men involved in a larceny in Norge last April were sentenced in Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Ronnie Terrell Berkley and Qua’juan Antonio Graves were accused of entering an apartment at the Station at Norge on Croaker Road and stealing an Xbox game console, a Playstation and $40 in cash from one of its inhabitants.
Berkley and Graves, represented by Leslie Siman-Tov and Stephen Campbell respectively, both struck plea deals with the prosecution ahead of Thursday’s hearing. Both men entered an Alford plea of guilt to a reduced charge of grand larceny, which means the defendants maintain their innocence but acknowledge the prosecution has enough evidence to prove them guilty.
In exchange for the Alford pleas, the prosecution dropped the use of a firearm and misdemeanor brandishing of a firearm charges.
Judge Michael McGinty sentenced Berkley to 20 years in jail with 19 years and 7 months suspended, while Graves got 20 years with 19 years and 6 months suspended. Both men will remain on probation for 10 years upon their release and are to have no further contact with the victim.
The victim testified in June that the two men came to his door and asked for his roommate, who was not home at the time. Berkley and Graves entered the apartment while the victim called his roommate to let him know he had visitors.
The victim said once he hung up the phone, both Berkley and Graves pulled out guns and demanded money as well as the video game systems.
The victim’s roommate, who had a pre-existing relationship of undetermined nature with Berkley and Graves, helped him and the police locate and identify the suspects. Both men were arrested and charged with one count each of felony robbery, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and a misdemeanor brandishing of a firearm.