Commonwealth v. Deron Anthony Snow; Robbery of Family, Shooting Draws 20 Years in Prison

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Deron Anthony Snow, 30 years old, formerly of Norfolk, Virginia, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for charges of Robbery, Malicious Wounding, Abduction (2 counts), Possession of a Firearm by a Non-Violent Convicted Felon, Conspiracy, and Use of a Firearm (4 counts). In accordance with a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien sentenced Snow to 67 years in prison with 47 years suspended leaving twenty (20) years to serve. 

 Had this matter gone to trial, Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the evening of November 21, 2012, a family including two women, two men, and a 9-year-old child were inside their home in the Lake Edward area of Virginia Beach.  Around midnight, one of the men (the victim) and the child left the home to go to a fast food restaurant.  As they approached the car, Deron Anthony Snow came out of the bushes and demanded money from them at gunpoint.  The victim gave Snow his car keys and approximately $10.00.  Snow then hit the victim in the head with the gun, knocking him down as the child screamed and watched.  Co-defendant Teon Capel pulled the child from the car.  Snow and Capel then forced the victim and child back to the home at gunpoint and banged on the front door until one of the women opened it.  


Once inside the home, Snow shot the victim in the foot before forcing him upstairs. Capel stood watch over the victim while Snow demanded money from the women at gunpoint. Snow then went back to the victim and shot him again, in the leg.  Before leaving the home, Snow and Capel took a purse from downstairs. 


Investigators developed Deron Snow as a suspect.  The victims were then able to identify him in a photo lineup. 


Capel pled guilty to charges of Robbery, Abduction, Use of a Firearm (2 counts) and Possession of a Firearm by Violent Felon. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, 2014.


Snow’s prior record dates back to 2003.  Among his prior convictions are Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, and Eluding Police.


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