Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Devinche Javon Albritton, 32 years old, was found guilty by a jury on charges of Rape and Abduction with the Intent to Defile. Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr. presided over the three-day trial. The jury recommended a sentence of life plus 30 years’ imprisonment.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. on September 6, 1999, a 17-year-old female was walking along Virginia Beach Boulevard on her way to work. Devinche Javon Albritton, a stranger, approached the woman and asked her for a cigarette. He then put a knife to her stomach, his arm around her shoulder, and forced her into a wooded area off the main road. He forced her to the ground and raped her at knifepoint. Afterwards, Albritton asked to see her photo ID. He read her address back to her and threatened to harm her if she told anyone about the attack. Albritton then forced her to walk with him for a short distance before leaving her.
The victim then walked to her workplace, where she believed she would be safe. She immediately reported the rape to her co-workers who contacted the police. Detectives investigated the case thoroughly but no suspect was identified until 2010 when evidence was sent to the state laboratory for retesting. The unknown suspect’s DNA recovered at the time of the attack was discovered to be a match to Devinche Javon Albritton in Virginia’s DNA Data Bank. Albritton was charged in November 2010 while serving an 18-year sentence for a separate rape and abduction that also occurred in 1999.
Albritton’s prior record includes charges of Rape, Abduction, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Forgery, Forgery of a Public Record, Grand Larceny, Credit Card Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Driving while a Habitual Offender (2 counts).
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas M. Murphy and Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Sara R. Chandler prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.