Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Home invader sentenced to 360 years for robbery, kidnapping, and rapes

In Virginia Beach, VA, a 22 year old man was sentenced to 360 years imprisonment on Wednesday, April 27 for multiple robberies, kidnappings, and sexual assault which took place during a 2008 home invasion.

Richard Richardson Jr. and two other gunmen intended to rob a drug dealer at Pembroke Lake Apartments the night of Sept. 10 but mistakenly went to the wrong address. They instead robbed 10 young friends who had gathered at a home to watch ultimate fighting on television, according to testimony during Richardson's four-day trial in December.

The gunmen ordered the eight men and two women to the floor and demanded cell phones, wallets and money. They struck the men, then marched the women to a back bedroom where they sexually assaulted them at gunpoint, according to court testimony. The night ended when another young man knocked on the door; he was shot in the head as he tried to flee. He continues to suffer from seizures.

According to prosecutors, Richardson was the triggerman in that particular shooting.

Richardson was convicted of all forty felony charges he faced on December 10. These felonies included 17 counts of the use of a firearm in a felony, 10 counts of robbery, two counts each of abduction, object sexual penetration, forcible sodomy, and single counts of aggravated malicious wounding and rape.

Circuit Court Judge Edward Hanson Jr. presided over the Richardson trial and conviction.

Tyvonte Lawton, then 17, pled guilty to 17 felonies and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Leslie L. Lilley to 45 years on January 18, 2011. Kevin Marshall Jr., 21, plead guilty to to robbery with a firearm, conspiracy, and two firearms charges related to those offenses for being a lookout. Antoine Linn Jackson was sentenced to life plus 241 years by Stephen C. Mahan on February 15, 2011. Jackson was convicted of 16 counts of the use of a firearm in a felony, 9 counts of robbery, 2 counts each of abduction, object sexual penetration, and sodomy, and single counts of rape, aggravated malicious wounding,  and attempted robbery. 

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