Release Date: Monday, January 24, 2011 4:40 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that John Wesley Carter III, 23 years old, who previously resided in the 2900 block of Gate House Road, Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced today by the Honorable Frederick B. Lowe on the charges of Carjacking, Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and Eluding Police- Endangerment. Judge Lowe sentenced Carter to a total of 38 years in the Department of Corrections. Twenty years were suspended conditioned upon 20 years good behavior and supervised probation, leaving him 18 years to serve. Carter pleaded guilty on July 28, 2010.
Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on May 7, 2010, Carter approached the victim in a parking lot along Clubhouse Road in the City of Virginia Beach. Armed with a BB gun, Carter approached the victim, demanded his wallet and car keys, and then told him to lie on the ground or he would shoot him. Carter escaped in the victim’s car but was spotted by Virginia Beach Police about fifteen minutes later. After a several minute pursuit, Carter crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. Carter was later apprehended by a K-9 unit who discovered him hiding under another vehicle.
By committing these offenses, Carter violated terms of his probation ordered in Virginia Beach Circuit Court for charges of Burglary, Conspiracy, and Petit Larceny. He will serve an additional seven (7) years and three (3) months for that Violation of Probation to be served consecutively, for a total active sentence of 25 years and three (3) months. On January 7, 2011, he was sentenced to twenty (20) years imprisonment with ten (10) years suspended for charges of Carjacking and Robbery in Norfolk Circuit Court.
The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Katherine E. Orsini. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.