Couple sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for string of Portland-area robberies – OregonLive

Couple sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for string of Portland-area robberies  OregonLive

A husband and wife were sentenced Friday to long prison terms after pleading guilty to robbing a string of electronics stores and vape shops in a spree fueled by …

A husband and wife were sentenced Friday to long prison terms after pleading guilty to robbing a string of electronics stores and vape shops in a spree fueled by their mutual heroin addictions.

Police had charged Nigel and Stephanie Floyd with robbing 17 businesses in Portland, Gresham, Wood Village and Happy Valley between January and April 2018.

Police said Nigel Floyd would enter the businesses and demand money using a 10-inch knife. and Stephanie Floyd acted as the getaway driver for most of the robberies.

The Floyds, both 40, appeared separately in Multnomah County Circuit Court to accept a plea deal on some of the charges, the rest of which were dismissed by the state.

Nigel Floyd pleaded guilty to nine counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attempted robbery. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with credit for the 20 months he’s already served.

Stephanie Floyd pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree robbery and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Both Floyds showed remorse during their hearings and said their debilitating addictions to heroin fueled their crimes.

Nigel Floyd’s attorney, Jason Steen, said his client had become addicted to opioids after undergoing a painful surgery and being prescribed painkillers. In court documents, Stephanie Floyd said her husband would immediately turn around after the robberies to buy more heroin.

She had been addicted to drugs earlier but had undergone treatment and been sober for three years before relapsing, her attorney, Valerie Feltz, said in court.

“I’m sorry to my kids, my family, to everybody that this affected,” Stephanie Floyd said as her father and two children sat in the courtroom behind her. “I was so co-dependent on my husband, and I just let that cloud every decision I made unfortunately. It’s something I’m ready to move on from.”

After being sentenced, Nigel Floyd turned to his kids and said, “I love you.”

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Nigel Floyd (right) sits with his attorney Jason Steen (left) at his sentencing hearing on July 19.

Deputy District Attorney David Hannon said victims of the Floyds’ robberies each faced different levels of trauma. One person experienced a return of post-traumatic stress symptoms after the robbery and the legal proceedings that arose from it, he said.

But Hannon also noted that Nigel Floyd had no previous criminal record and that both he and Stephanie Floyd confessed to the robberies once they were caught.

“The state wants to make sure that Mr. Floyd is prepared to come back into the community without the same drug addiction that fueled this behavior,” Hannon said. Both Floyds will be eligible for drug counseling services while serving their sentences.

Though Nigel Floyd wore gloves and a mask while committing the robberies, police were able to connect him and Stephanie Floyd to the crimes by following the white minivan that was present at two of the scenes. The Floyds were taken into custody on April 11, 2018, after robbing a cellphone store.

Judge Heidi Moawad said she understood the Floyds’ issues with addiction but believed the plea deal to be fair, given the number of crimes committed.

“It’s clear to me that you’re a good person who found himself in a bad space in the world,” Moawad told Nigel Floyd.

— Diana Kruzman; dkruzman@oregonian.com; 503-221-5394; @DKruzman