Orlando Men Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for String of Armed Robberies
ORLANDO, FL—U.S. District Judge G. Kendall Sharp has sentenced three Orlando residents for robbery and using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Malcolm Jamal Ward (23), Stanley Valentin (20), and Javier Tyson Farrar (21) were each sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in federal prison. The Court also ordered them to pay $5,637.42 in restitution. Valentin and Farrar pleaded guilty on April 28, 2015. Ward pleaded guilty on May 4, 2015.
According to court documents, over the course of two weeks in October 2014, Ward, Valentin, and Farrar committed six armed robberies. One of the robberies occurred at a Red Lobster restaurant in Orlando as the employees were closing for the night. The five other robberies involved drugstores throughout Orange, Volusia, Osceola, and Polk Counties. In addition, Ward committed an additional armed robbery of a drugstore by himself during that same period.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent S. Chiu.