For Immediate Release
Update: On May 30, 2018, Floyd was sentenced to 38 years with 24 years and 5 months suspended. He will serve an active term of incarceration of 14 years and 7 months. In addition to his prison sentence, he was ordered to comply with 24 months of supervised probation after his release, be of good behavior for 20 years, to have no contact with the victims of the robbery, and he was barred from all Sunshine Market stores.
April 10, 2018
After a morning-long bench trial in the case of Commonwealth v. Oscar Orlando Floyd, Jr., Lynchburg Circuit Court Judge R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. found the defendant guilty of one count of armed robbery, one count of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, one count of abduction, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted violent felon. The judge dismissed a second count of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Floyd was charged with the armed robbery of the Sunshine Market located at 2901 Campbell Ave. Lynchburg, VA that occurred on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. Video surveillance from the store depicted a man with a pump shotgun enter the store a little after 11 p.m. The man, dressed head-to-toe in black, wore a mask with a white skull painted on it. Upon entering the store, the masked man immediately grabbed the only customer present around her throat in what the witness described as a “head lock”. The robber pointed the shotgun at the clerk and demanded money. Around $500 in cash was handed to the robber who took the money but continued to detain the customer. As the robber backed away from the counter, he spun around with the customer still in a head lock where he tripped and fell sending him and the customer to the ground. Once the robber hit the ground, he released the customer, dropped the money and the shotgun, then got up to recover the firearm and the money before he fled the area on foot.
Det. Roger Robinson of the Lynchburg Police Department received numerous tips about the robbery after local media aired the in-store surveillance footage. Tips led the detective to the home of Oscar Floyd, Jr. at 2407 Fairview Ave., located within a 5-minute walk from the Sunshine Market. When detectives spoke to Floyd at his front door, Floyd denied involvement in the robbery. Detectives testified that when they stood on the sidewalk outside of Floyd’s home after this initial encounter, they watched Floyd through the open windows of the home move “frantically” from room to room, lift up a mattress, and disappear from sight to the back of the house. A few minutes later, Lt. Rodney Carson encountered the defendant coming from the back fence line of the property back to the residence.
Once Floyd re-entered his home from the backyard, he invited detectives to search his house. Detectives found a pump shotgun and black mask with a white skull image on it lying side-by-side behind the shed at the back fence line of the property. The shotgun and mask were swabbed for DNA and tested against a known sample of DNA from Oscar Floyd, Jr. The results of the DNA analysis indicated that Floyd was a major contributor to the DNA found on the shotgun and to the DNA swabbed from the inside nose and mouthpiece of the mask.
Floyd’s attorney, Steven McFadgen, Sr. argued that the Commonwealth’s evidence must exclude every reasonable hypothesis of innocence in order to convict his client of these offenses. Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bethany Harrison, pointed out that all the circumstances of the case pointed to one perpetrator of this armed robbery and abduction, Oscar Floyd, Jr.
Floyd is scheduled to be sentenced on these offenses on May 30, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.