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Zachary Lewis Meador, 26, admitted to holding up two Roanoke area convenience stores.
Zachary Lewis Meador
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Twin convictions for robbing convenience stores in Roanoke and Roanoke County will send a Vinton man to prison for about a decade.
Zachary Lewis Meador, 26, pleaded guilty at separate hearings in April to holding up a Roanoke County 7-Eleven on Plantation Road on New Year’s Day, then hitting a Shell station in the 4800 block of northwest Williamson Road the next day.
Roanoke Circuit Court Judge Clifford Weckstein gave him a combined 10-year sentence on the two offenses, with 20 years in suspended time. He will also be on probation for seven years after his release.
According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney William Braxton, Meador entered the Shell station about 11 p.m. with one hand in his coat pocket, demanding money. When an employee asked Meador if he had a gun, he said: “What does it matter? Give me the money and you won’t get hurt.”
Braxton said Meador fled the store with $108 in cash but was later spotted about a mile down Williamson Road, stuffing cash into a hole in a building. A clerk later recognized him as someone who had applied for a job at the Shell station a few months earlier.
According to court records, Meador pleaded guilty in Roanoke in 2008 to possession of cocaine and marijuana, and again in 2010 to two counts of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
It was not clear if or how Meador’s conviction this week will affect his probation in those prior cases.
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