Commonwealth v. Carl Lorenso Vines; Jury Recommends 38-Year Sentence

Friday, April 24, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Carl Lorenso Vines, 25 years old, who previously resided in the 2100 block of Parker Avenue in Portsmouth, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury for charges of two counts of Robbery, Carjacking, three counts of Use of a Firearm and Conspiracy.   The jury fixed his punishment at 38 years in prison. Circuit Court Judge James Lewis, who presided over the two-day jury trial, will formally sentence Vines on August 4, 2015.

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on the afternoon of October 30, 2013, the victims, the defendant and co-defendant were sitting in the victim’s car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in the Red Mill area of Virginia Beach when an argument ensued.  Vines pulled a gun on the victims, demanding everything they had.  One of the victims turned over $1200.00 in cash.   Vines grabbed the other victim’s purse and a struggle occurred.  The victims exited the car.  Vines exited the car, got back in getting into the driver’s seat.   As Vines attempted to drive the car away, one of the victims jumped on the hood of the vehicle to try and stop it from leaving.  The victim fell off and Vines drove the vehicle away at a high rate of speed.


The victim provided police officers with a description of the suspects, the name of one of the suspects along with a description and license plate number of the vehicle.   Vines and the co-defendant were apprehended by K-9 officers a short time later.   Items belonging to one of the victims were located on Vines.


Vines has prior convictions of Grand Larceny and Possession with Intent to Distribute-Marijuana.


The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Lang and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Rice. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.