Devin Flora

Devin Flora

An 18-year-old Waynesboro man pleaded guilty Wednesday to four felony break-in and larceny charges and will serve one year and six months in prison.

Devin W. Flora pleaded guilty to his role in a violent purse snatching at the Sheetz gas station on West Main Street in Waynesboro on Sept. 28, and a burglary the day before.

Flora’s accomplice, Rodney Wallace Jr., 23, is already serving 13 years in prison on convictions in Waynesboro and Albemarle County and awaits a June hearing in Augusta County on more charges in the two-day crime spree.

Waynesboro Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Ajemian attributed Flora’s lesser sentence to his non-violent role in the robbery, during which it was Wallace who attacked and dragged the victim.

“I would hope … [Flora] could turn this around,” Ajemian said.

Defense attorney Cynthia A. Dupray outlined substance abuse problems that began for Flora when he was 12, and his cooperation with police since his arrest.

“I’ve … taken a lot of steps to become a better person,” Flora told Judge Humes J. Franklin.

The judge warned the teen that he has moved into the “big time,” where penalties are more serious than in juvenile court. Franklin said Flora could have faced a longer sentence if not for his trust in Ajemian’s analysis of the circumstances.

Flora awaits a hearing theft charges in Augusta County, where a second purse snatching occurred before Wallace led police on a chase into Albemarle County.

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