Samuel Thomas Eaton and two friends; Scott Walker and Anthony Miles, planned to rob a home off Kennedy Road in Sterling, Virginia. Eaton knew the layout well from previous drug deals at the home and knew where the safe was.
The men entered the home armed with wielding knives and a pellet gun and forced the owner to open the safe. At the time they didn’t know that the owner was able to retrieve a 9-millimeter pistol which he fired at Walker.
Walker was shot in the chest with the 9-millimeter pistol, but was able to escape the home with Eaton.
The owner and Miles struggled until the owner grabbed another firearm and shot Miles twice.
Miles was pronounced dead at the scene and Walker survived.
“This case is a prime example of the dangerous culture that illegal narcotics can bring to our community as well as the harsh consequences that can result for all involved,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman said.
Loudoun County Judge Burke F. McCahill sentenced 28-year-old Samuel Thomas Eaton to a five year jail term for attempted robbery and a seven year stint on a burglary charge that occurred on February 10, 2011.
Walker is scheduled to be sentenced May 11th, 2012.