Jury convicts teen in drugs-based robbery

By From page A3 | August 08, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A 19-year-old Vacaville man was found guilty Thursday of a felony robbery charge in a crime a prosecutor labeled as “a dope rip.”

Devyn C. Coney faces a five-year prison sentence for his role in the late-night crime that occurred Dec. 13, 2013, according to prosecutor Julie Underwood.

Coney joined four others in a pickup truck that was driven to a rendezvous near Browns Valley Elementary School with a 17-year-old methamphetamine addict from Benicia who supported his habit by selling marijuana.

The teen drug dealer joined the group in the truck and within minutes was relieved of his marijuana, his cellphone and shoes, some jewelry and a $100 bill he had in his pants pocket. He was then dumped out of the truck.

The dealer called police and described the robbery and the truck. Vacaville police spotted the truck within minutes, pulled it over near Cherry Glen Road and arrested the occupants before finding all the stolen belongings in the truck.

Coney told police he knew he would be “doing a year or two of time” for what he had done and when police spotted a $100 on the ground near the truck, Coney claimed it as his own.

Two of Coney’s accomplices testified as prosecution witnesses during the trial. Coney’s defense attorney tried to impugn the accomplices with repeated reference the plea deals they made with prosecutors.

The conviction came after a two-week jury trial. Judge Robert Bowers ordered Coney to return to court Sept. 4 for sentencing.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • 2realAugust 08, 2014 - 6:00 am


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  • Mr.RAugust 08, 2014 - 8:58 am

    After they recovered the stolen items,did they arrest the drug dealer?

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  • P.J.August 08, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Wait! Something odd in Solano.....a woman and her friend solicit sex on the internet, pistol whip a person...and SHE gets a certificate for attending some classes that will make her a better mother....to the child who had been removed from her custody before! This teen ager goes to jail.

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  • truth'nAugust 08, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    This is nothing, ... remember when judge FOOR let the mothers who killed their 4 babies aka welfare makers, in a candle fire ... walk free? No matter what yer hoochie is like, seems judges like to give you a pass go and get out of jail free card. VOTE EVERY JUDGE AND LIBERAL OUT OF OFFICE AND OFF THE BENCH.

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  • JimboAugust 08, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    A straw man is a common type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on the misrepresentation of an opponent's argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument.

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