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Gunman in Nelson County Home Invasion Pleads Guilty

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A man charged in a Nelson County home invasion has pleaded guilty.

David Lin Pankey, 23, of Arrington turned himself in to police back in January. Investigators say he and another man invaded an Arrington home in December of 2012.

The men wore ski masks and Pankey had a sawed off shot gun. They robbed the people inside. One of the people inside was able to remove Pankey's mask and recognized him.

Pankey is scheduled for sentencing in October.


Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney
Press Release


Yesterday afternoon in Nelson County Circuit Court, David Lin Pankey, 23 years old of Arrington, pleaded guilty to 4 counts of robbery, 2 counts of abduction, burglary with a deadly weapon, possession of a sawed off shotgun and 4 counts of using a firearm to commit robbery.

The offenses occurred at a home in Arrington on December 17, 2012. Shortly after 8 p.m. that evening, Pankey forced himself into a home wearing a black ski-mask while armed with a sawed-off shotgun. Inside the home were four adults and one child. Pankey made all 4 adults hand over their wallets, cell phones and jewelry at gunpoint. Another man had entered the home with Pankey who was wearing a mask. That man, later identified to be Marcus Martin of Shipman, helped tie up the 2 men in the home with duct tape.

Shortly after the robbery, one of the men managed to break free of the duct tape, took the firearm from Pankey and was able to identify Pankey after his mask came off. Pankey had previously worked with the man at Food Lion in Lovingston. The shotgun was discharged during the struggle but there were no injuries. Pankey and Martin fled the scene right after the struggle. The shotgun was left at the scene.

Deputy Robbie Brooks of the Nelson County Sheriff's Office investigated the home invasion. A witness told deputies that he gave Pankey a ride to Colleen right after the robbery. Pankey made a statement to the man that he tried to rob some people in Arrington and they fought back. He stated that he wanted his daughter to have a good Christmas.

A scientist with the Department of Forensic Science in Richmond found Pankey's DNA inside the ski mask that was left at the scene and on blood found inside the home from the struggle. Another scientist examined the shotgun and found that the barrel was shortened to 14 inches. The maximum length of a shotgun barrel under Virginia law is 18 inches.

Pankey will be sentenced on October 23rd. He is facing 18 years in mandatory minimum sentences from using a firearm to commit the 4 robberies; up to 10 years in prison on each abduction charge; and life in prison for each of the remaining charges: robbery (4 counts), possessing a sawed off shotgun during a crime of violence; and breaking and entering with a deadly weapon. The Commonwealth dismissed several charges in return for Pankey's guilty pleas. Those charges included conspiracy, wearing a mask in public, two abduction charges and several additional firearm charges relating to abduction.

Earlier in the month, Selena Jones of Dillwyn, Virginia pleaded guilty to robbery, abduction and burglary for her role as the driver of the vehicle used by Pankey before and after the burglary and for purchasing the duct tape that was used in the robbery. She is scheduled to be sentenced October 7th.

Marcus Martin is currently scheduled to appear for his arraignment in the Nelson Circuit Court on August 20th.

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