Tuesday, December 10, 2013 · 03:30 pm
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Antonio Maurice Taborn, 48 years old, who previously resided in the 5400 block of Bayberry Drive in Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for Rape (2 counts), Aggravated Sexual Battery, and Object Sexual Penetration. Judge Croshaw sentenced Taborn to two (2) terms of Life in prison plus 45 years, of which 35 years are suspended, leaving two (2) Life terms plus 10 years to serve.
Taborn pled guilty on September 3, 2013. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that between May 10, 2010 and August 27, 2011, Antonio Maurice Taborn on multiple occasions sexually abused a teenager known to him in the City of Virginia Beach. When the victim’s guardian learned of the abuse, the victim was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters for an examination. The police were notified and began an investigation. Taborn was interviewed by detectives and admitted to sexually abusing the victim on multiple occasions.
Taborn has prior convictions for Sexual Battery, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Contempt of Court, Trespassing, Possession of Cocaine, Attempting to Elude Police, and numerous traffic offenses. A prior victim of sexual abuse by Taborn testified at today’s sentencing hearing about the offenses committed against her in the 1990s.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elliott H. DeJarnette V and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Katharine D. Seal. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013 · 02:45 pm
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that, Jonathan Manuel Irizarry-Delgado, age 26, formerly the 500 block of Gateway Court in Chesapeake, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Robbery (2 counts), Conspiracy, and Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. Judge Shockley sentenced Irizarry-Delgado to 19 years in prison with four (4) years suspended leaving 15 years to serve.
Irizarry-Delgado pled guilty on June 4, 2013. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on July 23, 2011, Jonathan Manuel Irizarry-Delgado, Lamont Wiggins, and some other men were all walking near the Oceanfront with the two male victims. The victims did not know Irizarry-Delgado and Wiggins, but had given them a cigarette. Once the group went off the streets and into an apartment complex, Irizarry-Delgado’s group attacked and robbed the victims. One of the victims, knocked unconscious, was missing his pants and everything in them, including his I-phone. The other was forced to give $400 to the group attacking him. The assailants fled the area on foot.
Irizarry-Delgado had his shirt off during the robbery, and was later identified by a large tattoo of “Island Boy” across his back. Wiggins was later identified by one of the victims in a photo line-up. When he was arrested on August 11, 2011, Irizarry-Delgado was driving a stolen Honda Odyssey mini-van.
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At the four-day annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey L. Bryant was re-elected to represent the second congressional district on the Board of Directors for the Association. He was also re-elected to represent the second congressional district on the Commonwealth Attorneys Services Council, a state-funded agency charged with the training of Virginia’s approximately 800 prosecutors.
Additionally, Bryant was re-elected to continue to represent the state of Virginia on the National District Attorneys’ Association’s Board of Directors.
The Commonwealth’s Attorneys have held their annual summer meeting at the Cavalier Hotel for 74 years. Bryant was appointed by Association President Ray Morrogh, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County, to the 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee. That committee is charged with planning and executing the Association’s 75th anniversary celebration next summer. Whether the celebration and next year’s annual summer meeting will be held at the Cavalier Hotel is as yet to be determined.
“Prosecutors from across the state have brought their families to the Cavalier as part of their vacations year after year. Some of our children have grown up to have their weddings there. There was a lot of nostalgia and reminiscing going on this, perhaps, final year,” Bryant said.
Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.
Harvey was the guest speaker at the graduation of the 35th session of the Virginia Beach Citizens’ Police Academy at the Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) on May 14th. In a special presentation by CPA Alumni Association’s President, Larry Smith, Harvey was awarded honorary membership in the Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association. Harvey and former Va Beach Chief of Police Jake Jacocks are the only people to ever be awarded such a membership. Harvey has addressed the Citizens’ Police Academy groups over 25 times among the years. He was honored to address the almost 30 graduates of this program last night and to receive such special recognition.