Release Date: Monday, July 12, 2010 4:30 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Adam Murdoc Andrews, age 18 (age 17 at the time of the offense), previously residing in the 1500 block of Manson Street, in Norfolk, Virginia, having previously pled guilty, was sentenced today by Judge Patricia L. West on two (2) counts of Robbery, two (2) counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy to Commit Burglary, Armed Burglary of a Residence, and two (2) counts of Abduction. Judge West ordered the defendant to serve a total of seventy-five (75) years in the Department of Corrections. Fifty (50) years of that sentence were suspended on the condition that Andrews remains of good behavior for seventy-five (75) years from the time of his release. Andrews was also placed on indeterminate supervised probation. This leaves twenty-five (25) years for Andrews to serve, which was above the sentencing guidelines high end point.
Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have shown 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 Andrews, 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 Andrews and another individual were downstairs going through items. Andrews returned to the closet with the gun and demanded to know where the money was, and they fled with the mother’s wallet after hearing sirens.
Andrews was taken into custody in Norfolk and found in possession of a weapon. Andrews was previously convicted as a juvenile of grand larceny and grand larceny of a motor vehicle and was on juvenile probation when this offense occurred. Andrews was convicted in Norfolk for possession of the firearm found when he was arrested and sentenced to three (3) years with one (1) year suspended.
The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul J. Powers. Please call Macie Pridgen at (757) 385-8545, if additional information is desired.