Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 29, 2013

McDowell County woman sentenced to 30 years for armed robbery of Bramwell store

PRINCETON —  A McDowell County woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for an armed robbery in Bramwell that led to the fatal shooting of her husband.

Jessica Persiani Roberts, 33, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William Sadler to 30 years for first-degree robbery and one to five years for conspiracy to commit robbery. Following sentencing, Sadler remanded Roberts to the custody of the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver.

Sadler also denied a motion by defense attorney David Kelley for a new trial, and a second motion to aquit Roberts on all charges.

Roberts robbed the Pop Shop near Bramwell on Aug. 23, 2011 with her husband, the late David Roberts. During the robbery, David Roberts was shot several times by the boyfriend of a store employee. He later died while in route to Bluefield Regional Medical Center.

Jessica Roberts was initially charged with first-degree murder. This charge was dropped after the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a ruling Nov. 8, 2012 about a similar case in Hancock County. The justices ruled that a participant in a crime could not be charged with murder if another participant died while it was being committed.


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