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3 Bluewell residents sentenced in armed robbery, murder of store clerk

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Joshua Berry Joshua Berry
Sarah Looney Berry Sarah Looney Berry
Emmanuel Foster Emmanuel Foster
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A woman and two men from Mercer County are sentenced in federal court for killing a store clerk during an armed robbery in North Carolina.

The crimes happened in May 2012 at a store in Mt. Airy. A 58-year-old man was killed during the robbery.

Joshua Robert Berry, 33, Sarah Looney Berry, 28, and Emmanuel William Foster, 27, all three from Bluewell, WV, were sentenced on Tuesday in Abingdon. Joshua Berry and Emmanuel Foster  previously entered pleas to two counts of armed robbery, two counts of brandishing a firearm, one count conspiracy, and one count of using a firearm during a robbery that resulted the death of another person. Sarah Berry previously entered a plea to one count of conspiracy and one count of using a firearm during a robbery that resulted in the death of another person.

  • Joshua Berry- 734 months in federal prison
  • Sarah Looney Berry- 412 months in federal prison
  • Emmanuel Foster- 749 months in federal prison

These three individuals acted in a violent and irresponsible manner that ultimately robbed a man of his life.-U.S. Attorney John Fishwick,  Jr.

Fishwick says Joshua Berry and Foster stole $4,317 during the armed robbery of the Marquee Cinema in Wytheville, Virginia in April 2012. The pair also robbed the Abingdon Cinemall and another store in Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

“The sentences imposed today righteously punish these three for the manner in which they terrorized a community for well over a month while they committed violent armed robbery after violent armed robbery," said Fishwick. 

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