Commonwealth v. Matthew David Campbell; 15 Years, 12 Months to Serve for Crimes Committed while on Probation

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Matthew David Campbell, 24 years old, who previously resided in the 2000 block of Dunbarton Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today for by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan for offenses that occurred in May 2010.   Judge Mahan sentenced Campbell to 28 years and 12 months, with 19 years suspended, leaving 9 years and 12 months to serve for charges of Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer, and Hit and Run – Damage to Attended Property.


At the time Campbell committed these offenses, he was on court-ordered “good behavior” for Robbery from an October 2008 sentencing.  The new criminal convictions were violations of that “good behavior” period, which resulted in the Court imposing an additional six (6)-year sentence. Campbell’s total combined sentence today is 15 years and 12 months to serve.


Campbell pled guilty to Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer, and Hit and Run – Damage to Attended Property on March 20, 2013.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on May 10, 2010, Matthew David Campbell approached the manager who was leaving Zero’s sub shop on First Colonial Road, with his hand in his pocket.  He demanded that the manager go back into the Zero’s and open the safe.  The manager told him that he couldn’t, but gave Campbell $14 he had with him because he feared that Campbell had a gun.  Campbell also took the victim’s cell phone, driver’s license, and car keys before fleeing in the victim’s car. 


Five days later, Virginia Beach police officers saw Campbell in the victim’s car and began to approach it.  Campbell accelerated at the officers, almost striking one of them.  Campbell hit a car in the parking lot that had a woman inside it. Although she was not injured, the car sustained over $1,000 worth of damage.  Campbell was apprehended by officers.  The victim from Zero’s identified Campbell as the man who robbed him.    


In addition to the Robbery for which Campbell was on good behavior, he also has a prior conviction for Possession of Marijuana. 


The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Patrick J. Connolly.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​