ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC) – A jury in Arlington Friday, recommended a judge send a man to prison for 95 years after convicting him on multiple counts of robbery and abduction in a brutal attack on tourists in 2010.
After a three day trial in an Arlington County Circuit Court, Storme Gary Swann, 51, formerly of LaPlata, was convicted of two counts of robbery, two counts of abduction and one count of statutory burglary for an incident stemming back to Aug. 2010.
Swann broke into a hotel room on South Glebe Rd. and forcibly assaulted, detained, and bound two female tourists – a mother, 73, and daughter, 51 – who were visiting from Canada. He robbed them of cash, jewelry and electronics, and assaulted one of the victims.
When the jury received evidence of Swann’s criminal history, which included prior convictions for armed robbery, first-degree sexual assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and kidnapping, they recommended a 95-year prison sentence.
“The victims showed great courage in confronting their attacker,” prosecuting attorney, Jay Burkholder said. “On behalf of Commonwealth’s Attorney Theophani K. Stamos and Police Chief M. Douglas Scott, I am grateful that these brave women were willing to return to our community and relive a terrifying experience in order to prevent Swann from victimizing anyone else.”
Final sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2013. Under Virginia law, the court may impose the recommended sentence or reduce it, but cannot increase it.