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Randall Scott Mason pleads guilty to January robbery at Zip Store

May 4, 2006

For Immediate Release

Lynchburg, Virginia


Randall Scott Mason, 42, appeared in Lynchburg Circuit Court on May 4, 2006, and pleaded guilty to robbing the Zip Store on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg. In exchange for his plea of guilty, Mason will serve four years and six months in the penitentiary with an additional five years and six months of suspended time over his head when he is released.

On January 14, 2006, Mason entered the Zip Store and asked the clerk, Albert Lerner, for several packs of cigarettes. As Lerner turned around to get the cigarettes, Mason pulled out a knife and demanded that Lerner empty his pockets and open the cash register. Lerner complied, giving the man $50.00 from his person and an unknown amount of cash from the register. The man then fled the store on foot.
Police initially arrested someone other than Mason after receiving information that the other man may have been involved. The man originally arrested bore a close resemblance to Mason, and was misidentified by Lerner as the robber.

On January 23, 2006, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office notified the Lynchburg police they had the defendant, Randall Scott Mason, in custody on other charges and that Mason wanted to talk about the Zip Store robbery. Investigator Carson of the Lynchburg Police Department went to the Campbell County jail where he interviewed Mason. Mason confessed to Investigator Carson that he had been the robber. Mason told Carson that he was riding with a drug dealer prior to the robbery and that he told the dealer he needed to go pick up some money from a friend. The dealer dropped Mason off at another location in the area. Mason walked to the Zip Store and committed the robbery, then returned to the dealer’s car and purchased crack cocaine. Mason told police that he had dropped the knife in a storm drain at Memorial and Westover and police subsequently recovered the weapon.

As part of a plea agreement, Judge J. Leyburn Mosby sentenced the defendant to ten years confinement. He will serve four years and six months and the additional time will be suspended conditioned on a two year supervised probationary period and his continued good behavior.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Bennett.