City Man Pleads To String Of Robberies

Posted: April 19, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg man accused of robbing three city businesses last year pleaded guilty Thursday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Khallyck Yamil Figueroa-Torres, 40, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of robbery and three felony counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. As part of a plea deal, a felony cocaine possession charge was dismissed.

Judge T.J. Wilson scheduled Figueroa-Torres’ sentencing for July 19. While the charges carry a sentence of up to life in prison, the plea deal states that the judge can sentence Figueroa-Torres to no more than what the recommended sentencing guidelines call for, roughly nine to 15 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Figueroa-Torres robbed the Days Inn off Port Republic Road and the 7-Eleven at 3251 S. Main St. on May 20. On May 31, prosecutors say, Figueroa-Torres robbed the WilcoHess at 1437 S. Main St. around 6:30 p.m.

Following the WilcoHess robbery, officers tracked him to his apartment in the University Place complex, a few hundred feet west of the gas station.

During Thursday’s hearing, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Bean told Wilson that the defendant admitted to the crimes. Bean said Figueroa-Torres told investigators he robbed the businesses to obtain money to feed his years-long drug addiction.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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