Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Marcus Jermaine Norman, 27 years old, of no known address, was found guilty by a jury of Rape and Statutory Burglary. The jury recommended a sentence of 30 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over the three-day trial, will formally sentence Norman on November 19, 2013.
The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the weekend of May 20, 2012, a woman came to Virginia Beach to vacation with her boyfriend. The two were staying at the InTown Suites on S. Independence Boulevard. Around midnight on May 20, 2012, the boyfriend got called into work and left the hotel room. The woman left the door cracked with a shoe because she was smoking. She noticed a shadow walking around outside her hotel room door and became uneasy. As she tried to remove the shoe, Marcus Jermaine Norman forced his way into the hotel room. The woman had never met Norman before. Norman tried to talk to her nicely at first and told her that they were going to engage in sexual activity. When she declined, he forced her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her. He fell asleep on top of her then woke up and began to projectile vomit all over the hotel room. She ran to the bathroom and called 911.
When police responded to the hotel, they saw a man matching Norman’s description standing in the doorway of the hotel room wearing only his underpants. They took him into custody and began an investigation. During the videotaped interview with police, Norman was instructed to undress so that any possible evidence could be collected. Detectives then observed Norman licking and sucking on the underpants. The underpants were later tested and found to contain the victim’s DNA.
Norman has prior convictions for Burglary, Aggravated Assault (2 counts), Child Cruelty (2 counts), Assault, Forgery, False Reporting an Incident (2 counts) and Possession of Marijuana.
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys M. Janeice Robinson and Tanja M. Korpi. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.