Commonwealth v. Jesse Daniel Lugaro; Home Invasion Committed by Convicted Felon Draws 27-Year Sentence

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Jesse Daniel Lugaro, 31 years old, formerly of the 1500 block of East Bridle Creek Boulevard in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr. for three (3) counts each of Robbery and Use of a Firearm. Judge Hanson sentenced Lugaro to 43 years in prison with 16 years suspended leaving 27 years to serve. 


Lugaro was found guilty after a bench trial on March 19, 2014.  The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the evening of November 16, 2012, Jesse Daniel Lugaro and co-defendant Christopher Austin Averette committed a home invasion in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach.  They went to a home with a couple of women who were known to the four residents.  Because the residents knew the women, they allowed Lugaro and Averette into the home.  After making conversation for a few minutes, Averette pulled out a pistol, ordered the four victims to the ground, and demanded they empty their pockets.  He took wallets and cell phones while Lugaro stood guard over one of the victims.  During the robbery, Averette pistol-whipped one man and kicked another.  Ultimately one of the victims fought back with a piece of broken wood railing, causing Averette and Lugaro to flee. 


Averette pled guilty to two (2) counts each of Robbery and Use of a Firearm and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.


Lugaro has prior convictions for Common Law Robbery (3 counts) and Common Law Robbery (Attempt) from North Carolina.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael D. Defricke.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.