Commonwealth v. Ray Daniel Galloway Jr.; Juvenile Moved to Penitentiary for 20 Years after 2 Years of Misconduct in Juvenile Facility

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Ray Daniel Galloway Jr., age 17, formerly residing on Crystal Springs Court in Virginia Beach was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Patricia L. West to be removed from the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and transferred to the custody of the adult Department of Corrections where he will serve 20 years for his role in two 2008 convenience store robberies.


Ray Daniel Galloway Jr. pled guilty in March of 2009 to Robbery (2 counts) and Conspiracy in connection with two robberies at a 7-11 store located in the 800 block of Diamond Springs Road in the early morning hours of September 28 and October 11, 2008.  Due to the seriousness of the charges, the Commonwealth transferred Galloway’s case to the Circuit Court for trial as an adult.  On May 26, 2009, Galloway, then 15 years old, was sentenced as a “Serious Offender” and committed to DJJ until age 21.  The Court also suspended the imposition of a 55 year penitentiary sentence.  A “Serious Offender” commitment requires periodic review of the sentence by the Court.


On May 17, 2011, Galloway was before the Court for his second sentence review.  The Court reviewed evidence of Galloway’s continuing course of misconduct during his stay at juvenile facilities, which entailed a series of more than 55 institutional charges in less than two years.  These charges included multiple assaults on fellow residents and staff, sexual misconduct, and failure to comply with institutional policies and regulations.  After considering the lengthy list of his violations and the Commonwealth’s argument that Galloway should be transferred to the Department of Corrections, Judge West revoked the suspension of his 55 year sentence and re-suspended the execution of 35 years of the sentence.  Judge West ordered that Galloway be transferred from the custody of DJJ and moved to the adult Department of Corrections to serve the remaining 20 year portion of the sentence.  After his release from incarceration, Judge West ordered that Galloway remain under supervised probation and good behavior for a term of 55 years.


Galloway’s prior record includes adjudications in Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for Robbery, Grand Larceny, Petit Larceny, Trespassing, Underage Possession of Alcohol, Use of Profane or Threatening Language over the Telephone, and multiple Probation Violations.


The case was handled by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney David W. Laird.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​