Release Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 5:15 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 Kevin Marquez Newsome, age 20, formerly of Herbert Collins Way in Norfolk was sentenced to a total of 23 years imprisonment by Judge A. Bonwill Shockley. Newsome had pled guilty to 2 counts of Robbery, 2 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Burglary of a Residence, and 2 counts of Abduction on March 16, 2010. The Court suspended 14 years on the condition that he be of good behavior for 22 years from the time of his release, be on supervised probation, and have no contact with the victims in this case.
Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would show that on October 16, 2009, the victims were in their home located in The Reserve in Virginia Beach, Virginia. When the adult victim opened the front door, she was met by a black male who entered into the residence, pointed a gun at her, and demanded that she gather up her children (ages 19, 12, and 7). The oldest child heard the commotion and dialed 911 immediately. The mother and her children were forced into a closet at gunpoint, while other individuals were downstairs going through items. Co-defendant, Adam Andrews held a gun to the victims’ heads and demanded to know where the money was. Sirens could be heard inside the house, and the suspects fled.
Newsome was taken into custody during a traffic stop the following day, and later admitted to detectives that he was aware that the three other men were going to break into a home. He stated he personally stole the laptop computer and I-phone from inside the residence. He provided transportation while co-defendant, Adrian Riden gave him directions. Adrian Riden had previously done work at the victims’ home, and specifically targeted this location.
Three co-defendants have previously been sentenced: Adam Murdoc Andrews was sentenced to 75 years incarceration with 50 years suspended; Teon Lamontce Epps was sentenced to 33 years incarceration with 21 years suspended; and Adrian Lee-Anthony Riden was sentenced to 51 years incarceration with 41 years suspended.
The case was handled by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kari A. Kopnicky. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.