Release Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 4:45 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Jarvis Lajoshua Canslor, 23 years old, was sentenced today by Judge Patricia L. West to sixty (60) years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for convictions of Malicious Wounding, Armed Burglary and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Forty (40) years of the sentence was suspended, leaving the defendant with twenty (20) years to serve.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on August 29, 2007 at about 9:30 p.m., the victim, Michael Steffey woke up to take his dog outside. As the victim approached the rear door to his residence, he was confronted by Canslor who fired one shot from a handgun, grazing the victim’s head, before fleeing through the rear door of the residence. The victim fled through the front door and called 9-1-1. The defendant was later identified from a latent fingerprint, which was recovered from the exterior rear storm door. Canslor was ultimately arrested in Tennessee and extradited back to Virginia.
Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney David E. Jarrell and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Charisse L. Black prosecuted the case. Please call Amanda Herman if additional information is desired.