Release Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:15 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Jermaine Malcolm Ford, 25 years old, previously residing in the 100 block of E. 44th Street, Norfolk, Virginia, and Germiel Jonathan Jacobs, 22 years old, previously residing in the 1200 block of Lead Street, Norfolk, Virginia were sentenced on charges of Robbery, Attempted Robbery, Wearing a Mask on Private Propery, Burglary, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Conspiracy by Circuit Court Judge Frederick B. Lowe.
Ford was sentenced to a total of forty-six (46) years in the Virginia Penitentiary with thirty-one (31) years suspended conditioned upon thirty-one (31) years good behavior and indefinite supervised probation leaving fifteen (15) years to serve.
Jacobs was sentenced to a total of thirty-six (36) years in the Virginia Penitentiary with twenty-six (26) years suspended conditioned upon twenty-six (26) years good behavior and indefinite supervised probation leaving (10) years to serve.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the evening of November 19, 2008, the 69-year- old victim and her 66-year-old brother had retired for the evening. Ford and Jacobs, along with co-defendant Jeremy Kendale Robinson, kicked in the front door of their home wearing masks and armed with a handgun. While holding a gun to the victims’ heads, the intruders demanded money from them. After ransacking the home and taking a wallet and cell phone, the victims heard someone say, “Let’s go, we got the wrong house”. Before leaving, one of the victims was hit in the head with a handgun. Ford, Jacobs and Robinson then exited the home and entered a car in the parking lot where co-defendant James Pope was waiting for them.
Co-defendant Jeremy Robinson was sentenced on September 19, 2009 to a total of fifty-five (55) years in the Virginia Penitentiary with forty-four (44) years suspended conditioned upon forty (40) years good behavior and indefinite supervised probation.
Co-defendant James Letrone Pope will be sentenced on May 4, 2010.
Ford has a criminal record that includes the charges of Carnal Knowledge of a Child, Possession with Intent to sell Marijuana, Possession with Intent to sell a Controlled Substance and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Jacobs has a criminal record that includes a conviction for Obstruct Justice.
Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson prosecuted this case. Please call Julie Pickell if additional information is desired.