Commonwealth v. Andrew M. VanVleet; Jury Recommends 15 Years in Prison for Domestic Assault

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced that Andrew M. VanVleet, 25 years old, formerly of the 1600 block of Hedgerow Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, yesterday was found guilty by a jury of Unlawful Wounding, Abduction, and Assault and Battery of a Family Member-3rd Offense. The jury fixed VanVleet’s sentence at 15 years in prison. A pre-sentence report was ordered, and Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien, who presided over the two-day trial, will formally sentence VanVleet on January 15, 2014.


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that between March 24 and 26, 2013, Andrew M. VanVleet physically assaulted his girlfriend at the home where they rented two rooms in the city of Virginia Beach. VanVleet punched her in the face, shook her, choked her, and pulled her hair.  The victim suffered a fracture to her orbital wall, memory loss, and bruising to her face, jaw, arms, and torso.  She was brought to the hospital twice following the abuse, first by family members and then by rescue.  Virginia Beach police began to investigate the victim’s injuries and determined that they were caused by her boyfriend during a fight.


“My office takes crimes of domestic violence very seriously,” Bryant said.  “Given the jury’s recommendation that VanVleet serve 15 years in prison, it is clear that the citizens of Virginia Beach do not take domestic violence lightly either.” 


VanVleet has two prior convictions for Assault and Battery of a Family Member. Further, he has convictions for Receiving Stolen Property, Grand Larceny, Credit Card Fraud, Credit Card Forgery, Conspiracy, and Petit Larceny.


The case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Julie L. Fink.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.