Commonwealth v. Thelonius Bartholomew Ragin II; Brother and Sister Commit Senseless Shooting; Jury Recommends Brother Serve 25 Years

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Thelonius Bartholomew Ragin, 24 years old, formerly of the 1300 block of Glyndon Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury for charges of Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Maliciously Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle, and Use of a Firearm.  The jury fixed his punishment at 25 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley, who presided over the two-day jury trial, will formally sentence Ragin on April 13, 2015. 

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the afternoon of May 13, 2013, the victim and his friend were sitting in a car in front of the victim’s house in the College Park area of Virginia Beach.  Suddenly another car pulled up next to them with  Thelonius Ragin in the passenger seat, and his sister, Shantice Ragin, driving.  Thelonius got out of his car and started shooting at the men in the parked car.  When the victim got out of the parked car, Thelonius continued firing at him.  Thelonius then hopped back into the car driven by Shantice and they fled.

 

The victim was shot at least twice and was transported to the hospital. A bone in his leg was shattered, and a permanent titanium rod was inserted into his leg.  Although he survived the shooting, he still suffers from pain in his leg and nerve damage in his arm.  The victim had known Thelonius and Shantice since middle school and was able to identify them immediately after the shooting.

 

Shantice pled guilty to Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Maliciously Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle, and Use of a Firearm. She is scheduled for sentencing on February 18, 2015.

 

Thelonius has a prior conviction for Assault and Battery.

 

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

 

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