Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Zachary Warner Trimm, 18 years old, formerly of the 5500 block of Haden Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury of Malicious Wounding, Robbery (Attempt), Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy. A presentence report was ordered, and Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr., who presided over the two-day trial, will sentence Trimm on August 14, 2013. Trimm was a juvenile at the time of the offense, but was certified as an adult to the Circuit Court due to the serious nature of the charges. When juveniles are certified to the Circuit Court and elect to have a jury trial, the jury does not recommend the defendant’s sentence.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the evening of August 20, 2012, Zachary Trimm, Cintel Kelley, and at least two accomplices planned to commit a home invasion robbery in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach. Trimm was friends with the residents of the home and told his accomplices they could probably steal drugs and money there. Trimm went over to the home pretending to buy drugs. Because the victims knew Trimm, they let him into their home. Trimm held the door open, allowing at least three armed men into the home. Trimm fled while the gunmen ordered the victims to the ground. They ransacked the home in search of money and drugs. One gunman kicked one of the residents and repeatedly pistol-whipped him in the head. The suspects eventually fled and the police were called. The victims recognized Zachary Trimm as being one of their friends and provided his name to police. He was apprehended later that night and confessed to setting up the robbery.
One of the gunmen was later identified as Cintel Kelley. He pled guilty to charges of Robbery (Attempt), Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by Felon, and was sentenced to five (5) years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Julie L. Fink. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.