Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Sucre Gregoreo Figuereo-Mejia, 20 years old, who previously resided in the 2200 block of Willow Oak Circle in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci for Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Abduction with the Intent to Extort, Robbery, Statutory Burglary, and Conspiracy (4 counts). Judge Frucci sentenced Figuereo-Mejia to 105 years in prison with 90 suspended, leaving 15 years to serve. He was also ordered to pay $125,332.92 in restitution.
Figuereo-Mejia was found guilty by Judge Frucci in August 2013 after a two-day trial. The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that in November 2012, Sucre Gregoreo Figuereo-Mejia and a co-conspirator approached a friend (victim) and asked him to liquidate a large sum of jewelry. Unbeknownst to the victim, the jewelry was stolen a couple days prior. Figuereo-Mejia and the victim made an agreement to split the proceeds after the jewelry was converted into cash. The victim kept the $7,000 in proceeds from the liquidation.
On November 29, 2012, Figuereo-Mejia and his co-conspirator found the victim in a hotel room at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and demanded he give them the money. They burned his arm with an iron and threatened to kill him. Then, they took the victim to the victim’s mother’s house and threatened him in front of her to have the money returned. They also stole items from the mother’s home. Figuereo-Mejia and his accomplice forced the victim to leave the house with them, and stabbed him in the leg when he tried to flee. The victim’s mother called police, who were actively looking for the perpetrators while the crime spree continued. The victim was next taken to several ATMs in an attempt to have him withdraw cash. Finally, the victim was dropped off at his mother’s house and transported to the hospital by rescue personnel. Police diligently searched for the perpetrators and apprehended them shortly thereafter.
Figuereo-Mejia has two prior misdemeanor convictions for Obtaining Money by False Pretenses and Petit Larceny.
The co-conspirator pled guilty to charges of Robbery (2 counts), Malicious Wounding, Abduction, Statutory Burglary, Grand Larceny, and Conspiracy (5 counts) and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 9, 2013.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph A. DiNonno. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.