Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Paris Travon White, age 21, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Frederick B. Lowe for charges of Malicious Wounding, Armed Burglary, Robbery, Conspiracy, and Use of a Firearm (2 counts). Judge Lowe sentenced White to 78 years in prison, all suspended except ten (10) years and (9) months to serve. That sentence was at the high end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which was the maximum sentence under the plea agreement. White pled guilty on May 9, 2012.
Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the afternoon of January 27, 2012, Paris Travon White knocked on the backdoor of an apartment in the Regency Hilltop area of Virginia Beach. Recognizing White as an acquaintance, the victim began to open the door until he noticed a second man armed with a gun. As the victim tried to close the door, White forced it open and rushed in with the gunman. They robbed the victim of $80 and pistol-whipped him, leaving him unconscious. The victim positively identified White from a photographic line-up conducted by detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department.
White has an extensive criminal history which began as a juvenile. His prior convictions include Petit Larceny from the Person, Obstruction of Justice, Shoplifting, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Petit Larceny - 3rd or Subsequent Offense, Providing False Identification to Police, Disorderly Conduct; two (2) counts each of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Petit Larceny, Contempt of Court, and Trespassing; three (3) counts of Failure to Appear; four (4) counts of Public Intoxication, five (5) counts of Underage Possession of Alcohol; and multiple Violations of Probation.
This case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Sara R. Chandler and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Caitlin A. Parker. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.