Two men plead guilty to robbing Virginia Beach bank, shooting at trooper

Posted at 2:18 PM, Apr 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-30 14:18:43-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - The two men accused of robbing a Virginia Beach bank and shooting at a Virginia State Police trooper have pleaded guilty to their crimes

The two men went to the Virginia Beach Circuit Court on October 21.

Diggs and Lewis pleaded guilty to charges of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, three counts of robbery and three counts of the use of a firearm.

Both men face a sentencing of up to four life terms plus 13 years. Diggs will be sentenced on March 1, 2016. Lewis will be sentenced on March 2, 2016.

Rory Duke Diggs

Rory Diggs and John Lewis were charged in the December robbery of a Wells Fargo bank on General Booth Boulevard. Police records show the robbers escaped with $34,000. The robbers’ fleeing truck caught the attention of a State Police sergeant who was not involved in the bank-

John Anthony Lewis

robbery investigation. The trooper pursued the truck into a residential court, trapping the robbers there. Neighbors said the robbers opened fire on the trooper. A bullet grazed his head. The robbers got away.

Hours later police arrested Diggs in a nearby back yard. Lewis was arrested the next day.

Ten witnesses were called during the preliminary hearings, including the trooper who was shot at.


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