Release Date: Monday, July 6, 2009 4:30 p.m.
Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Shakim Manifest Allah, 29 years old, previously residing in the 4700 block of Windermere Court in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today on two (2) counts of Robbery and one (1) count of Wearing a Mask in Public. One March 25, 2009, a jury recommended a sentence of fifteen (15) years in the Virginia Department of Corrections and a fine of $500.00. The Honorable H. Thomas Padrick affirmed the jury’s sentence and formally sentenced the defendant today to fifteen (15) years to serve and a $500 fine on the Robbery and Mask charges. These new convictions constituted a violation of the defendant’s proabation based on a conviction in 1999 for Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle. He received a sentence of six (6) months of additional penitentiary time based upon this probation violation.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on May 31, 2008, after working the closing shift at Radio Shack at Haygood Shopping Center in Virginia Beach, two Radio Shack employees were walking to their vehicles when they were approached by a masked individual, later identified as Allah. Allah pointed what was believed to be a firearm at the victims, demanded the Radio Shack nightly deposit be handed over, and ordered one employee to give up her cell phone. The defendant fled the parking lot with the stolen items, and continued on foot until he was apprehended by a law enforcement officer responding to a “be on the lookout” report based upon the victims’ 911 call. Upon searching Allah’s belongings, officers found a fake firearm that had been used in the robbery, as well as the exact amount of money that had been stolen from the victims. The mask used in the robbery was later recovered in a nearby dumpster and was found to contain Allah’s DNA.
Allah has prior felony convictions, including Grand Larceny, Receiving Stolen Property, and Automobile Theft.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert W. Jones prosecuted the case. Please call Amanda Herman if additional information is desired.