Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne on Monday sentenced Cesar Augusto Pisconte Jr., 21, to 15 years in prison for four felonies related to robberies in Ashburn and Sterling. The felonies include two counts of robbery, criminal street gang participation and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Pisconte, a member of the 18th Street gang, confessed to participating in both robberies as part of gang “missions.”
“Gang activity will not be tolerated in our community,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman. “If you choose to associate with gangs and participate in violent crimes such as these, you should be prepared to pay a steep price.”
The first incident occurred Dec. 24, 2011, when Pisconte and gang members robbed a driver delivering Chinese food in the Ashburn area at knifepoint. The victim fled without injury after complying with orders.
The second robbery took place one week later at the Fairfield Inn in Sterling when Pisconte entered the hotel lobby and pointed a gun at the night clerk. Pisconte ordered the victim to turn over all the money from the cash register. The victim presented the cash drawer at which point Pisconte and a co-defendant took the money and fled.
While in jail for this incident Pisconte was convicted for assault and battery, obstruction of justice, and two counts of destruction of property, according to the release. In addition, he has an upcoming sentencing hearing in Prince William County Circuit Court for a felony conspiracy charge where he faces up to 10 years in prison, and a probation violation hearing in Fairfax County Circuit Court where previously suspended time may be re-imposed, according to the release.