Darius Foster, 18, pleaded guilty to the armed robbery of a local 7-Eleven.
Darius Foster, 18, was sentenced to 14 years active incarceration with eight years probation on July 28 in Loudoun's Circuit Court for his involvement in the armed robberies of a Sterling 7-Eleven and two McDonald's.
Foster was arrested July 25 along with Samuel Johnson, 19, of Chantilly and Jonathon Jones, 19, of Aldie. Armed with BB guns, the three robbed a 7-Eleven, taking money from the register and the clerk. During the robbery, Foster struck the clerk, who was later taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.
After attempted robberies of two McDonald’s, police gave chase, and the three were apprehended in Fairfax County.
Foster pleaded guilty to charges of malicious wounding, use of a firearm and robbery of a business.
His parents were called as character witnesses by defense attorney D. Burke Walker. They testified to his good behavior and dedication to doing well in school growing up. The turning point came, they said, with his grandmother's illness and her subsequent death not long after.
“He just never got back on track,” said Foster's father, Trenny Foster. “He isolated himself.”
In a statement to the court, Darius Foster accepted responsibility for his actions, saying that he wouldn't use his grandmother or anything said by his attorney or parents as an excuse. He asked that Judge Burke F. McCahill side with the prosecution.
“I apologize for my actions,” he said. “I know what I did. That's not who I am. I can't believe I did it.”
McCahill acknowledged Foster's acceptance of responsibility and urged him to use his incarceration to better himself and prepare for what lay beyond the 14 years.
“You have to start making a life plan,” said McCahill.
The judge further noted the event as Foster's first criminal offense, taking it into consideration in his sentencing. Along with the 14 years incarceration, McCahill banned Foster from 7-Elevens in Virginia during his probationary period.