A couple from Princeton who pleaded guilty to violent crimes were sentenced in federal court on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Sarah K. Bailey, 39, and Michael Justin Bailey, 39, held up two video poker parlors in 2017.
On Oct. 26, 2017 the couple robbed a video poker parlor near Peterstown, WV. During the robbery a 76-year-old employee was hit in the head with a club then tied up with duct tape. The couple stole money and personal items from the employee.
Then on Nov. 5, 2017, the Baileys robbed the video poker parlor were Sarah Bailey had previously worked. They used stolen guns for the heist at the Bluefield, WV location, threatened customers and an employee. They tied up the clerk with duct tape in this robbery as well. They were able to get away with $5,000 and personal items from the customers and the employee.
“A modern day Bonnie and Clyde – the Baileys committed heinous crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart. “The exemplary work of law enforcement brought their string of violence to an end. The Baileys will now be spending many years behind bars.”
The couple was tracked to North Carolina where they were arrested. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robberies and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Sarah Bailey was sentenced to serve 16 years in federal prison. Michael Bailey is facing a sentence of 20 years and six months.