Commonwealth v. Tory Keith Stratton

Defendant, Shot by Victim During Robbery, Sentenced to 35 Years

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Tory Keith Stratton, 24 years old, who previously resided in the 2000 block of Monument Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, pled guilty to Malicious Wounding, Abduction, Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (2 counts) and Conspiracy.  Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien, sentenced Stratton to a total of 35 years in the Virginia State Penitentiary with 23 years suspended.

The Commonwealth’s evidence would have established that on or about November 8, 2013, Stratton set up a meeting to purchase marijuana at the Magnolia Chase Apartments.  The victim arrived with the marijuana.  Stratton and another co-defendant pulled out guns and stole the marijuana.  They then dragged the victim out of the car across the parking lot by his hair, pistol whipped him and beat him in the face.  The co-defendant stole the victim’s guitar and yelled for the Stratton to “kill him” as he ran from the scene.  The victim grabbed Stratton’s gun and it went off, striking Stratton in the foot.  Later the victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance.  Stratton was at the same hospital being treated for his gunshot wound. The victim’s keys were found in Stratton’s jacket at the hospital.  

Stratton was sentenced on April 15, 2014, for Attempted Malicious Wounding, Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony that occurred December 15, 2012.

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