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Kelly Found Guilty of Chantilly Robbery

An Ohio man accused of robbing a Chantilly man at gunpoint was found guilty last week in Fairfax County Circuit Court. He is Anthony Gerard Kelly, 19, of 5576 Hibernia Drive, Apt. B, Columbus, Ohio.

The incident occurred Dec. 18, 2006 while the 28-year-old victim was standing in the 14700 block of National Drive in the Meadows of Chantilly community. According to Fairfax County police, two people approached the man, pulled a gun on him and demanded money.

The victim relinquished his wallet to them and they both fled toward Airline Parkway. Afterward, police launched an investigation. They issued descriptions of both suspects and, four months later, arrested Kelly and a 17-year-old Centreville resident.

The Centreville teen turned himself in on April 11 and Kelly was arrested in Columbus, Ohio, and extradited back to Virginia on April 20. The teen was charged with one count each of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Kelly was charged with the same offenses. His charges were later certified to the grand jury and, on June 18, he was indicted on both of them.

Then last Tuesday, Dec. 4, he had a trial in Circuit Court before Judge Robert Wooldridge. At that time, the firearm charge was dropped, but Kelly was found guilty of robbery. He's scheduled for sentencing March 14, 2008.