Release Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 3:15 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Deandre Jaquan Gordon, 20 years old, previously residing in the 5500 block of Aurora Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia pleaded guilty before Judge William R. O’Brien to charges of Second Degree Murder, Armed Burglary, and Conspiracy. The sentencing will take place on July 12, 2011.
Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on December 15, 2008, Deandre Gordon and his co-conspirators planned to break into the residence of the victim, Nathan Lynch, located in the Plaza Apartment Townhomes in the City of Virginia Beach. Just after midnight, they kicked in the back door and rushed in. Unbeknownst to them, Lynch’s mother was in the home recovering from a hospital stay. Gordon and his co-conspirators put a gun to Ms. Lynch’s head and demanded money, ultimately forcing her from room to room in search of money or drugs.
During this time, Nathan Lynch returned to the house and was met at the back door by Gordon. Gordon and Lynch struggled until one of the armed men ran downstairs and shot Lynch once in the chest, killing him. DNA was recovered from a black knit cap found near Lynch’s foot which was analyzed and found to match Gordon’s DNA. When interviewed by detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department, Gordon confessed to his involvement in the burglary and alleged that he did not expect anyone to be in the home.
Gordon’s prior criminal record includes adjudications as a juvenile for Robbery (Attempt), Assault and Battery, and Destruction of Property, as well as a conviction for Receiving Stolen Property as an adult. He is currently serving a ten (10) year, 24 month sentence for Armed Robbery, Burglary, Conspiracy, and Use of a Firearm in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip C. Hollowell and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney M. Janeice Robinson prosecuted the case. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.