Commonwealth v. Ronald Lee Perkins Jr.; Killing of Pedestrian While Fleeing from Police, Burglary, Draws 39 Years in Prison

Monday, March 17, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Ronald Lee Perkins Jr., 40 years old, formerly of the 4700 block of Teal Duck Court, Virginia Beach, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Second Degree Murder, Eluding Police – Endangerment, Burglary, and Grand Larceny.  Judge Shockley sentenced Perkins to 50 years in prison with 11 years suspended, leaving 39 years to serve.


Perkins pled guilty on August 7, 2013.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on January 2, 2012, the Virginia Beach Police Department received information from the Portsmouth Police Department that Ronald Lee Perkins Jr. had outstanding warrants for robbery in Portsmouth.  A description of Perkins, his vehicle, and license plate number were provided to Virginia Beach police. 


Officers found Perkins’ vehicle parked and unoccupied.  When he returned to the vehicle and began driving away, Virginia Beach police attempted a traffic stop.  Perkins began to flee on Military Highway toward Norfolk. An officer who attempted to deploy spikes was almost struck by Perkins.  Perkins drove onto Northampton Boulevard, accelerating to 80 m.p.h.  Raymond Rogers was crossing Northampton Boulevard on foot when Perkins struck and killed him.  Perkins continued into Norfolk where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. The next morning, a Norfolk resident called the police after finding Perkins asleep in the resident’s van.  In Perkins’ vehicle was a diary indicating that he wanted to commit suicide by cop because he did not want to go back to prison.  He also apologized to his victims in the diary.


A few weeks before this incident, Perkins broke into a home and stole a television. He attempted to pawn the television at Liberty Pawn, but employees told him he would get more money for the television if he included the remote control. He went back to the house, stole the remote control, and went back to Liberty Pawn. 


Perkins has prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Firearm with Cocaine, Petit Larceny, Burglary, Grand Larceny, Failure to Comply with Child Support, Robbery, Escape from Jail and numerous Probation Violations.


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