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Former Metro Bus Driver Stacey Reed Sentenced For Handyman Jose Cardona's Death In Centreville

10:28 AM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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CENTREVILLE, Va. (WUSA9) -- A former Metro bus driver involved in Centreville, Va. robbery that lead to the death of Jose Cardona in 2010 was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison on Friday.

According to officials, 44-year-old Stacey Lorenzo Reed of Manassas, Va. was sentenced to 270 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and aiding and betting the discharge of a firearm during or in relation to a crime of violence.

In December 2012, Reed was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals  without incident at the Pentagon Metro bus stop. Metro said he had been with Metro since August 2012. 

Reed pleaded guilty to charges in April 2013. Court records show in 2010 Reed found out that a check cashing business owner kept money at his him in Centreville and told Tasheikk Ashanti Champean to the owner's home for surveillance with the intention of a future robbery.

On May 17, 2010, Reed drove Champean and Reynard Lazaro Prather to a wooded area near the home on Compton Road. The two were armed with pistols when they entered the garage to wait for the owner. The owner's son and Jose Cardona, who worked at the home as a handyman, showed up and were confronted by Champean and Prather. There was a struggle  and Cardona was shot and killed. 

Champean and Prather fled and eventually met back up with Reed. Reed drove them back to Maryland.

Champean and Prather were sentenced to 360 months in prison for their roles in the crime.

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