Tuesday, October 11, 2011 · 02:50 pm
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Marquis Eric Brown, 21 years old, previously residing in Gulfport, Mississippi, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley on charges of Robbery, Carjacking, Abduction, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy. Judge Shockley sentenced Brown to 38 years in the Department of Corrections, then suspended 28 years, leaving ten (10) years to serve. Brown pled guilty on April 20, 2011.
Bryant further announced that Jordon Deron Pridgen, 27 years old, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley on charges of Robbery, Carjacking, Abduction, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy. Judge Lilley sentenced him to 43 years in prison, then suspended 33 years, leaving ten (10) years to serve. Pridgen also pled guilty on April 20, 2011.
Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that just before 9:00 p.m. on December 10, 2010, Marquis Brown, Jordon Pridgen, and Mason Montrell Thomas were driving around the Thalia Gardens apartment complex in a Chevrolet Impala looking for someone to rob. They spotted a man who had had just returned home from work and was getting some things out of his car. Thomas waited in the Impala as Pridgen and Brown, wearing ski masks and latex gloves, approached the victim and forced him into the backseat of his car at gunpoint. They drove to the Wachovia Bank on Independence Blvd and ordered the victim to withdraw $500. The victim complied with their demands and handed over the cash. Thomas had been following in the Impala. Brown and Pridgen disabled the victim’s cell phone before fleeing and jumping in the car driven by Thomas. The victim stopped at nearby Wendy’s and called the police.
Officers canvassed the area and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle which matched the description of the Impala used as the get-away car. All three men were inside, as well as a ski mask, latex gloves, and $500 cash. A loaded magazine and a black handgun matching the description of the gun used in the carjacking were found on the ground nearby. When questioned by detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department, Brown and Pridgen admitted their roles in the crimes.
On August 24, 2011, Mason Montrell Thomas was sentenced by Judge O’Brien on charges of Robbery, Carjacking, Abduction, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy. Judge O’Brien sentenced Thomas to 45 years in the Department of Corrections, with 36 years suspended, leaving 9 years to serve.
Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael D. Defricke prosecuted the case. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.