Commonwealth v. Jacob James Wyman; 40 Years to Serve for Terrorizing, Traumatizing, Victim of Carjacking and Sexual Assault

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Jacob James Wyman, 33 years old, who previously resided in the 700 block of Holladay Court in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Forcible Sodomy, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Abduction with the Intent to Defile, Carjacking, and Robbery.  Judge Shockley sentenced Wyman to 50 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, leaving 40 years to serve.


Wyman pled guilty on February 8, 2013.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on the evening of February 5, 2012, a woman was doing the grocery shopping for her family at the Food Lion on Independence Blvd in Virginia Beach.  Jacob James Wyman got out of a minivan and approached her, with a shirt wrapped around his hand.  He asked for directions to a 7-Eleven, which she provided, and then implied that he had a gun.  He ordered her into her car and forced her to drive to 7-Eleven.  He then forced her to drive until they reached a darkened house in a nearby neighborhood.  He demanded her money, and forced her to drive to an ATM at a nearby Wells Fargo when she did not have any.  She withdrew $60 and then Wyman ordered her to take him back to Food Lion.  On the way, he again pulled into a neighborhood, but this time he sexually assaulted her. He told her multiple times that he would kill her if she did not do what he wanted, and he bragged about recently getting out of prison.


Wyman told the victim that he needed to get high immediately, and ordered her to turn around in the seat so she could not see him.  The car filled up with smoke.  Finally he demanded she go back to Food Lion and buy him some beer so that he did not appear on the store’s surveillance camera.  She ran into Food Lion and called police.  When she came out of the store, her car was gone, although his van was still in the parking lot.  The victim was able to identify Wyman.  Further, Wyman was linked to the crimes through DNA recovered on the victim’s chest.  When interviewed by police, he admitted to the robbery but denied the sexual assault.


Wyman has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1993, when he was a juvenile. He has convictions in Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court including Burglary (3 counts), Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Property Damage, Mob: Simple Assault or Battery, and Failure to Appear. He has convictions as an adult in Norfolk Circuit Court for Robbery (3 counts) and Use of a Firearm (3 counts), for which he was on probation when he committed the carjacking and sexual assault in Virginia Beach.  Because he violated the terms of his probation in Norfolk, an additional 21-year sentence was recently imposed in Norfolk Circuit Court.


The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.