Norfolk robber's 6 life terms slashed to 40 years

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Associated Press & 13News

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 5:54 AM

1/13 UPDATE: (AP) -- A man sentenced as a teenager to six life terms for armed robbery has had his prison term slashed to 40 years.
 
Travion Blount had asked then-Gov. Bob McDonnell for relief last month. The Virginian-Pilot reports that McDonnell commuted the sentence as one of his final acts in office.
 
The 23-year-old Blount was 15 when he and two 18-year-olds robbed a house party in Norfolk. No shots were fired, and Blount injured no one. The older teens pleaded guilty and received 10- and 13-year sentences. Blount went to trial and was sentenced to six life terms plus 118 years.
 
Blount's attorney John Coggeshall told 13News Now his client refused to accept a deal.

"He wouldn't do it. If I could have slapped him about the head and shoulders I would have done that...but he wouldn't do it and the judge kind of unloaded on him," said Coggeshall. 

He says Blount now knows he won't die in prison.
 
Blount's mother, Angela Blount, says 40 years is still ridiculous.

"I would at least thought they would give him 20 years or under, you know, because he hasn't killed anyone. I understand he did the crime, you got to do the time, but that's still too much time," said Blount's mother.

She said her son is very remorseful for what he did. 

"No juvenile should get should six life terms and 118 years for a 20-minute hold up where he got 60 bucks and three joints and that's it," said Coggeshall. 

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NORFOLK (AP) -- A man sentenced as a teenager to six life terms for a robbery is asking Gov. Bob McDonnell for a conditional pardon.

Lawyers for 23-year-old Travion Blount applied for a conditional pardon on Monday.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Blount's lawyers are seeking a sentence of no more than 20 years.

According to court records, Blount was 15 when he and two 18-year-old men robbed a house party in September 2006. A Norfolk jury convicted him of 49 felonies, including robbery, in 2007. He received six life sentences plus 118 years.

Blount's co-defendants pleaded guilty and received 10-year and 13-year sentences.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-12-31-13 1313GMT

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