Commonwealth v. William David Cannon; Jury Finds Defendant Guilty in Home Invasion, Sexual Assault; Fixes Punishment at 58 Years

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that William David Cannon, 28 years old, formerly of the 7700 block of Harrison Road in Norfolk, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury of Armed Burglary, Robbery, Rape, Abduction, and four (4) counts of Use of a Firearm.  The jury fixed his punishment at 58 years in the Department of Corrections. Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over the three-day trial, will formally sentence Cannon on September 23, 2014.


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that at around midnight on September 25, 2011, William David Cannon and co-defendant Rolando Goodman waited in the parking lot at the Mansard Apartments off Northampton Blvd, for someone to rob.  For approximately 30-40 minutes, they watched groups of people walking from the parking lot into apartments.  They waited until they found a woman walking alone and followed her to her apartment.  As the woman was trying to enter her apartment, Rolando Goodman put a gun to her head, as he and Cannon forced her inside.  Immediately, Goodman forced her on all fours and dragged her to the back bedroom.  He attempted to tie her up with a chord from her laptop.  When that did not work, Cannon passed Goodman some electrical tape, which Goodman then used to bind her hands.  Goodman also taped a dirty sock into her mouth and put clothing over her eyes, so she could not scream or see. 


Goodman began to sexually assault the victim while Cannon raided the apartment, collecting the victim’s belongings.  At one point, Cannon walked into the room where the woman was being sexually assaulted, laughed, and told Goodman, “Hurry up, I’m going to get the car.”  The men eventually fled with electronics, a brand new cell phone, jewelry, and other items from the victim’s apartment.


Cannon began to pawn the victim’s items the very next day.  When police searched his home, they found electrical tape matching that at the crime scene. Cannon also had some of the victim’s belongings in his apartment. When interviewed by investigators, Cannon confessed to his involvement in the robbery. 


Goodman was linked to the crime through DNA evidence.  Further, Goodman’s fingerprint was found on the inside of the electrical tape used to bind the victim. When the police apprehended Goodman, he had the victim’s class ring in his pocket.  He had stolen it and another ring off her hand when he finished sexually assaulting her.


Rolando Goodman pled guilty to charges of Rape, Object Sexual Penetration, Burglary with the Intent to Rape, Robbery, and Use of a Firearm (4 counts), and he is scheduled to be sentenced on June 3, 2014.


Cannon has prior convictions of Robbery and Use of a Firearm, with an offense date of 9 days prior to these offenses.  Further he has misdemeanor convictions of Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Tabitha B. Anderson and Christopher M. Baker.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.