Release Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 6 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Ronald Regis Mayfield., 29 years old, previously residing in the 5800 block of Springhill Road in the city of Norfolk, was found guilty of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine (two counts), Possession of a Firearm While in Possession of Cocaine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Solicitation to Commit Murder, and Violation of Probation. Circuit Court Judge Les Lilley sentenced the defendant to a total of thirty-seven (37) years and eight (8) months in the Virginia State Penitentiary with twenty-three (23) years and eight (8) months suspended. The defendant’s period of active incarceration is fourteen (14) years.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on February 2, 2008, the defendant sold a quantity of cocaine to an undercover detective from the Virginia Beach police department. The detectives arranged another drug transaction with the defendant and on February 6, 2008, the defendant once again sold a quantity of cocaine to the undercover detective. Once the sale was completed, a surveillance team of officers arrested the defendant and a 9mm handgun was located under the defendant’s seat in the vehicle he arrived in to complete the transaction.
In late February, 2008, the Virginia Beach police received information from an informant that the defendant was soliciting individuals to kill the detective who was the lead investigator on his drug charges. Several of the defendant’s phone calls were recorded and the police department placed an undercover detective as a contact between the defendant and individuals he was soliciting outside of the jail. On April 20, 2009, a meeting was arranged at the instruction of the defendant, and the individual who was to carry out the hit on the detective was taken into custody.
Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Murphy prosecuted the case. Please call Julie Pickell if additional information is desired.