Commonwealth v. Ronald James Boyd Jr.; 20 Years to Serve for Rape of Unconscious Friend

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Ronald James Boyd, 23 years old, formerly of the 1500 block of Oak Knoll Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick for Rape.  Judge Padrick sentenced Boyd to 50 years in prison with 30 years suspended, leaving 20 years to serve. The sentence was above the high end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines which recommended a maximum sentence of 17 years and 1 month in prison.


Boyd pled guilty on May 6, 2013.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the evening of October 24, 2012, Ronald James Boyd Jr. invited the victim, who he had known for years, to his house to drink alcohol and play games with some friends.  The victim drank malt liquor and began to feel drunk and unable to stand. She eventually fell asleep on a couch in the home and felt safe sleeping there because she knew and trusted the people in the home.


The victim awoke to Boyd sexually assaulting her.  She reported this to the police, and investigators interviewed Boyd. Boyd confessed to the police that he sexually assaulted the victim while she was unconscious.  Hours before the incident, Boyd posted on Facebook that he was about to rape someone. Police were able to copy and save the post before he removed it from Facebook.


Boyd has a previous conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Kristin L. Paulding and Katharine D. Seal.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.