Commonwealth v. Todd Lamont Cook; 10 Years to Serve for Striking Victim with Van

Monday, March 04, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Todd Lamont Cook, age 27, who previously resided in the 2800 block of Hollister Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia, pled guilty and was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley for Aggravated Malicious Wounding.  Pursuant to a plea agreement, Judge Lilley sentenced Cook to 30 years in prison with 20 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve.


Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on April 25, 2011, Todd Lamont Cook was a customer at 7-Eleven on Level Green Boulevard in Virginia Beach.  As Cook waited in line, he got in an argument with two men who were also waiting in line.  When all three men left the store, Cook got into his van and accelerated towards the victim.  Cook’s van struck the victim and dragged him about 170 feet.  The victim survived after undergoing four surgeries.  He now has nerve damage in his leg, walks with a cane, and has severe scarring. 


Cook has adjudications as a juvenile for Grand Larceny and Possession with Intent to Distribute.  As an adult he has two (2) additional convictions for Possession with Intent to Distribute.


The case was prosecuted by Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Catherine Dodson.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.