Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Roy Lee Jones, Jr., 23 years old, who previously resided in the 3600 block of Bancroft Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by the Honorable Edward W. Hanson, Jr. on the charges of Malicious Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle, Robbery with Use of a Firearm, Robbery with Use of a Firearm-Attempt (2 counts), Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (3 counts), and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Judge Hanson sentenced Jones to a total of fifty-one (51) years in the Department of Corrections. Twenty-four (24) years were suspended, leaving him twenty-seven (27) years to serve. Jones pled guilty on February 26, 2013.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on November 3, 2011, the four victims were leaving the Wendy’s on Lynnhaven Parkway, when Jones’ co-defendant, James O’Bryan Speight, stopped the car and asked for a cigarette. Jones then hopped into the backseat of the car, displayed a firearm and demanded property from all four victims. Speight displayed a firearm from outside of the car as well. Jones and Speight took property from two of the victims and went through the pockets of the other two, then fled on foot. The victims followed Jones and Speight briefly, when Jones turned and fired two shots at them. The victims then flagged down a nearby officer and were able to point the suspects out as they fled.
Jones was previously convicted of Attempted Robbery in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court on October 26, 2009. Sentencing for Speight is scheduled for August 12, 2013.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Vachris. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.