Appomattox man sentenced to nine years for armed robbery and gun charges

Today in Appomattox County Circuit Court, 29-year-old DeQuincy Darrell Kelso was sentenced to serve nine years for his role in a Dec. 15, 2019 armed robbery that took place at the Dogwood Apartments on Bradford Lane in Appomattox. 

According to evidence summarized in court, Kelso and a co-defendant entered an apartment and stole several items, including two PlayStations, and seven people were allegedly held at gunpoint. Several injuries also occurred during the incident. 

Kelso pleaded guilty to 10 charges, three of which drew active incarceration. Possession of a firearm by a violent felon carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years. Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony carries a minimum mandatory sentence of three years. A third charge, unlawful wounding, resulted in one additional year. 

In accordance with the plea agreement, Kelso's total sentence came to 38 years on seven felonies and 36 months on three misdemeanors, with all but the nine years suspended. 

Records from Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority show that Kelso was booked into the Amherst facility on Dec. 19, 2019. He was denied bond in Appomattox County Circuit Court on April 16. 

Co-defendant DeQuan Montez Kelso was also scheduled for trial today but the case was delayed until Jan. 14. 

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