Commonwealth v. Rolando Lamont Goodman; Rapist with Lengthy Prior Record to Serve 50 Years in Prison

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Rolando Lamont Goodman, 29 years old, formerly of the 400 block of Port Court in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for charges of Rape, Object Sexual Penetration, Burglary with the Intent to Rape, Robbery, and Use of a Firearm (4 counts).  Judge Shockley sentenced him to 63 years in the Department of Corrections with 13 years suspended leaving 50 years to serve.

 

Goodman pled guilty on July 31, 2013. Had this matter gone to trial,  the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that at around midnight on September 25, 2011, William David Cannon and Rolando Lamont Goodman waited in the parking lot at the Mansard Apartments off Northampton Blvd for someone to rob.  For approximately 30-40 minutes, they watched groups of people walking from the parking lot into apartments.  They waited until they found a woman walking alone and followed her to her apartment.  As the woman was trying to enter her apartment, Rolando Goodman put a gun to her head, as he and Cannon forced her inside.  Immediately, Goodman forced her on all fours and dragged her to the back bedroom.  He attempted to tie her up with a cord from her laptop.  When that did not work, Cannon passed Goodman some electrical tape, which Goodman then used to bind her hands.  Goodman also taped a dirty sock into her mouth and put clothing over her eyes, so she could not scream or see.  He repeatedly asked Cannon if he should kill her.

 

Goodman began to sexually assault the victim while Cannon raided the apartment, collecting the victim’s belongings.  At one point, Cannon walked into the room where the woman was being sexually assaulted, laughed, and told Goodman, “Hurry up, I’m going to get the car.”  The men eventually fled with electronics, a brand new cell phone, jewelry, and other items from the victim’s apartment.

 

Goodman was linked to the crime through DNA evidence.  Further, Goodman’s fingerprint was found on the inside of the electrical tape used to bind the victim. When the police apprehended Goodman, he had the victim’s high school class ring in his pocket.  He had stolen it and another ring off her hand when he finished sexually assaulting her.

 

Cannon began to pawn the victim’s items the very next day.  When police searched his home, they found electrical tape matching that at the crime scene. Cannon also had some of the victim’s belongings in his apartment. When interviewed by investigators, Cannon confessed to his involvement in the robbery. 

 

A jury found Cannon guilty of Armed Burglary, Robbery, Rape, Abduction, and four (4) counts of Use of a Firearm and fixed his punishment at 58 years in prison.  Yesterday, Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley affirmed the jury’s sentence. 

 

Goodman has prior convictions for charges of Grand Larceny (3 counts), Attempted Grand Larceny, Grand Larceny of an Automobile, Conspiracy, and two (2) counts each of Receiving Stolen Property, Indecent Exposure, Trespassing, and Petit Larceny, and nine (9) Violations of Probation. 

 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Tabitha B. Anderson and Christopher M. Baker.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​

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