A man receives a prison sentence for the burglary of the Front Royal florist | Every day

A Front Royal man is to serve eight years in prison for breaking into a flower shop in 2019.

William Roy Foster, 58, appeared in Warren County Circuit Court on one count of breaking and entering a dwelling with intent to commit a felony. Warren County Assistant Commonwealth Solicitor Nicholas Manthos prosecuted the case. Attorney Jason Ransom represented Foster.

Judge Daryl L. Funk sentenced Foster to 20 years in a state penitentiary. The judge suspended 12 years of the sentence, leaving Foster eight years to serve. The judge ordered time to run consecutively to Foster’s other sentences. Funk ordered Foster to complete four years of supervised probation upon his release.

A jury found Foster guilty of the charge at his June 6 trial. Foster pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Royal Front Police Department arrested Foster on May 11, 2021 at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Foster was already serving time for the 2019 attempted burglary of the American Legion building in Front Royal.

Police charged Foster with breaking into Donahoe’s Whimsical Flowers in the 200 block of South Royal Avenue during the night of October 23 to October 24, 2019. Officers responded to the company at around 7am on October 24 2019, after police said entered the Foster building by smashing the glass in the front door, the department’s statement said. The suspect, later identified as Foster, took a cash register and a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash, the statement said. Detectives submitted the evidence collected at the scene to a state lab for analysis, the statement said.

Online public court records show Foster has a criminal history dating back to the late 1980s.

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