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Second man sentenced to 40 years for Virginia Beach bank robbery, shooting at trooper

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 15:30:29-04
Rory Duke Diggs: Robbery and use of a firearm

Rory Duke Diggs: Robbery and use of a firearm

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The second Virginia Beach bank robber who also shot at a Virginia State Police trooper was sentenced Wednesday.

Rory Diggs will spend 40 years in jail after being sentenced to 63 years in prison with 23 years suspended.

The judge said that Diggs has a few medical concerns, so he is willing to hold a hearing later and take another look at the sentence if Diggs’ health declines.

Diggs’ co-conspirator, John Lewis, received the same sentence on Tuesday.

Diggs and Lewis 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.

Previous coverage:

Two men plead guilty in Virginia Beach Wells Fargo robbery case; both are facing four life terms

Conflict of interest sparks search for outside judge in Virginia Beach bank robbery case

Pizza driver accused in Virginia Beach bank robbery, former governor share same attorney

Court documents reveal more info on Virginia Beach bank robbery suspects

Police no longer searching for third suspect in Wells Fargo bank robbery case