‘Modern day Bonnie and Clyde’ sentenced in W.Va. robberies

April 3, 2019

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia couple dubbed by a prosecutor as a “modern day Bonnie and Clyde” has been sentenced to federal prison for robbing two video poker parlors in which employees were bound with duct tape.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says 38-year-old Michael Justice Bailey of Princeton was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Bluefield to 20 years and six months, while his wife, 39-year-old Sarah K. Bailey, was sentenced to 16 years.

The couple admitted to an October 2017 robbery of a parlor Peterstown in which a 76-year-old employee was struck several times in the head. They also admitted using stolen firearms during the theft of $5,000 from a Bluefield parlor in November 2017 where Sarah Bailey previously worked.

Both were later captured in North Carolina. Money and other items stolen from both parlors were confiscated.