Release Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 4:20 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Sean Bava Massey, 20 years old, previously residing in the 5500 Block of Society Court in Virginia Beach, was formally sentenced today in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court. On November 12, 2008, a jury found the defendant guilty of three (3) counts of Robbery, one (1) count of Attempted Robbery, four (4) counts of Using a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, two (2) counts of Conspiracy, and two (2) counts of Wearing a Mask in Public, and set his sentence at a total of seventy-eight (78) years, twenty-four (24) months in the Virginia Department of Corrections. Judge A. Joseph Canada followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced the defendant to serve seventy-eight (78) years, twenty-four (24) months.
At the jury trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on November 8, 2007, the defendant and his co-conspirator, Dominique “D.J.” Hobbs, in two separate incidents robbed three Virginia Beach citizens while pressing a gun to their heads in the Pelican Watch Apartment Complex. The defendant then attempted to rob a wife of one the first victims at gunpoint but found that she had no money to take. On December 7, 2007, the defendant was in possession of a loaded revolver handgun that he later admitted he used to commit the November 8th robberies. Police also recovered one of the victim’s ID cards in the glove compartment of the defendant’s car and recovered photos of the defendant using one of the victim’s credit cards at a nearby 7-Eleven store.
Massey previously pleaded guilty to charges stemming from similar robberies that took place in the Virginia Beach Town Center area on December 7, 2007. These charges included: two (2) counts of Abduction, two (2) count of Robbery, two (2) counts of Using a Firearm in Commission of a Felony, one (1) count of Attempted Carjacking, one (1) count of Conspiracy, and one (1) count of Wearing a Mask in Public. Judge Canada sentence the defendant on these charges to a term of sixty-one (61) years to run concurrent with his other sentence.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert W. Jones. Please call Amanda Herman at 385-8641, if additional information is desired.