Facebook Marketplace robber is sentenced to more than 8 years in prison
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man who used Facebook Marketplace to orchestrate an armed robbery in March was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison on Tuesday.
Twenty-year-old Victor Isaac Wion received the sentence and was ordered by a Ramsey County judge to pay his victim $675 in restitution. The sentence comes nearly three months after a jury found him guilty of first-degree aggravated robbery.
Wion was using the screen name “Libking Shooter Man” when he arranged to sell an iPhone X for $675 to a 28-year-old buyer on Facebook Marketplace, according to the criminal complaint.
When Wion met the buyer on March 22, he told him, “This is a stickup,” and robbed him at gunpoint, court records show.
Officer Jon Sherwood was on patrol searching for Wion two days later when he noticed a parked car with a passenger resembling Wion, the complaint said. Sherwood spoke to the driver, who said the two were “negotiating a cell phone trade.” The driver confirmed he knew Wion as “Libking Shooter Man.”
Police arrested Wion and said they were “almost positive” Sherwood stopped another robbery from happening. Wion was on supervised probation at the time for robbing a taxi driver at gunpoint in St. Paul in January 2017.
During the sentencing hearing Tuesday, Ramsey County prosecutor Susan Hudson read a statement from the 28-year-old man who Wion robbed in March.
In the letter, the man said he wouldn’t wish the experience on his “worst enemy.”
“The excitement of getting a new phone … quickly turned into me fearing for my life — a feeling that I will never forget,” said the letter Hudson read to the courtroom.
Wion’s public defender, Bruce Wenger, asked Ramsey County District Judge George Stephenson for a shorter sentence than the 105 months prosecutors sought.
Stephenson turned to Wion and offered him a chance to advocate for a shorter sentence himself.
Wion remained silent.
Stephenson sentenced Wion to 99 months in prison, with at least two-thirds of his sentence to be spent behind bars with remaining time on supervised release.
Inmates in Minnesota prisons generally serve two-thirds of their sentences behind bars and the rest on supervised release in the community.