Release Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 4:50 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Malcolm Omarr Richards Jr., 19 years old, previously residing in the 1100 block of Hillock Crossing in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan for two (2) counts each of Abduction with the intent to Defile and Armed Robbery, three (3) counts of Forcible Sodomy, and seven (7) counts of Use of a Firearm. Judge Mahan, who found Richards guilty of the fourteen (14) felonies after a three-day trial, sentenced Richards to 110 years in the Department of Corrections.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that around 3:00 p.m. on May 1, 2009, the two teen victims were walking home through an alley in the Campus East neighborhood after a trip to buy some drinks at Sonic’s drive-in. As they walked, they passed Malcolm Omarr Richards Jr., who was seated on the ground with a bicycle. Richards quickly came up behind the victims, pointed a gun, and commanded they follow him into a more secluded area in the alley. Richards robbed the victims of a cell phone and their money then sexually assaulted both girls at gunpoint. He then demanded the girls sit on the ground facing a fence and fled the alley on bicycle. The victims ran to a nearby relative’s home and the police were called immediately. Richards was linked to the crimes through DNA analysis.
Richards’ prior record includes convictions in Virginia Beach Circuit Court for charges of Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and Wearing a Mask on Private Property, which he committed on May 11, 2009. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with ten (10) years suspended, leaving four (4) years to serve. Richards committed all of the aforementioned offenses as a juvenile, but was certified as an adult to the Circuit Court in both cases due to the seriousness of the charges.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Lyla M. Zeidan and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher M. Baker prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.