WOODSTOCK – The Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and a defense attorney worked out a plea agreement to settle a 2018 robbery case in Shenandoah County.
Richard Dale Culley, 30, plead guilty to two counts of larceny and wearing body armor while committing a crime. Culley was arrested in Staunton in March 2018 after he traveled through Strasburg, stayed with two men and took a small amount of cash from them at gunpoint, according to evidence offered by the commonwealth.
On March 18, 2018, Culley and his wife met the two men in Strasburg and stayed with them for a day while also renting a hotel room in town. Three days later, the commonwealth said, Culley and his wife left Strasburg for Front Royal. When they returned, according to the victims’ testimony to the commonwealth, Culley appeared “agitated” and said he and his wife had been robbed.
Culley asked the two men to give him a ride to 7-11 where they put gas in his car and then returned to the apartment. After the trip to 7-11, Culley, wearing body armor, pulled out a gun and demanded the victims give him cash and cigarettes. The commonwealth said that Culley told the men that they were “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Culley and his wife were arrested in Staunton later that day where Culley admitted he had shown the firearm to the victims and said he believed they were involved in him being robbed in Front Royal.
Culley was facing a variety of charges, including robbery, being a felon in possession of a firearm and wearing body armor. The plea agreement reached by Culley and the commonwealth included two larceny charges and the charge of him wearing body armor while committing a crime. The rest of the charges were dropped by the commonwealth as part of the plea deal.
The judge sentenced Culley to 22 years in a state penitentiary with 20 years suspended. When he was arrested in Staunton, Culley triggered a five-year sentence in a state penitentiary. The plea agreement allows Culley to serve the five-year and two-year sentences consecutively.
The commonwealth noted that the plea agreement calls for Culley to not have any contact with the victims but that both men “frequent” the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
After his release, Culley will be on supervised probation for five years and will have to pay off his court costs before the end of his probation.