VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A man charged with robbing a Virginia Beach bank and shooting at a Virginia State Police trooper was sentenced Tuesday.
John Lewis will spend 40 years in jail after being sentenced to 63 years in prison with 23 years suspended.
Lewis and his co-conspirator, Rory Diggs, pleaded guilty in April to charges of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, three counts of robbery and three counts of the use of a firearm.
Diggs and Lewis were charged in the December robbery of a Wells Fargo bank on General Booth Blvd.
Police records show the robbers escaped with $34,000.
Neighbors said the men opened fire on the trooper. A bullet grazed his head and the robbers got away.
The pair’s fleeing truck caught the attention of a State Police sergeant who was not involved in the bank robbery investigation. The trooper pursued the truck into a residential court, trapping the men there.
Hours later, police arrested Diggs in a nearby back yard. Lewis was arrested the next day.