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Bobbie Gillespie of Roanoke tried to rob an undercover operative during a heroin buy.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
A man who attempted to rob an undercover operative last year during a drug deal that was being watched by police, and who then led deputies on a high-speed chase near Troutville, drew eight years in prison this week in Botetourt County Circuit Court.
Bobbie Phillip Gillespie Jr. of Roanoke was sentenced Thursday to five years for robbery, five years for eluding police, three years for using a gun to commit a felony and 12 months for driving on a suspended license, according to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney John Alexander. The sentences for robbery, eluding and the license offense will all run concurrently, Judge Malfourd “Bo” Trumbo ruled.
Gillespie and another man, Markee Barbour, were arrested Dec. 15 on U.S. 11 in Botetourt County after deputies followed them out of
the parking lot of the McDonald’s on Lee Highway in Troutville.
Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joel Branscom said in June that the incident occurred during a midday heroin buy by a police informant.
He said several investigators were staked out that day about 1 p.m., watching as an informant met Barbour, Gillespie and Susan Lyn Krisha, 33, of Vinton in the restaurant parking lot. Krisha had offered to sell the informant heroin and had also arranged a deal for Barbour to sell him a .22-caliber handgun, Branscom said.
An audio recording captured their conversation, Branscom said, including the informant’s complaint about bad drug deals he’d had and Barbour’s reply: “It’s not your lucky day. You’re going to get ripped off again.”
Barbour and Gillespie fled in a car down U.S. 11, with police in pursuit, and they occasionally reached speeds of 60 to 70 mph as Gillespie’s car detoured briefly onto Updike Lane. A semi-automatic pistol was thrown from the car and onto McFarland Road during the chase.
The two men were taken into custody about a mile and a half later, near Bryant Road. Investigators found $250 in marked currency in the car.
Barbour pleaded guilty in June to robbery, possession of a firearm as a felon and using a gun to commit a felony. He received an eight-year sentence. Krisha pleaded guilty last month to heroin distribution and was given a two-year term to serve.
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