Commonwealth v. Darryl Anthony Babb; Guilty Plea, 35-Year Sentence in Cold Case Rape

Monday, August 10, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Darryl Anthony Babb, 63 years old, pled guilty and was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Rape.  In accordance with a plea agreement, Judge Shockley sentenced Babb to 35 years in the Department of Corrections.  This time will run concurrently with a 90-year sentence Babb is serving for unrelated offenses of Object Sexual Penetration and Burglary. 

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on July 16, 1984, a woman was alone in her townhome in the Chic’s Beach area of Virginia Beach.  Just before midnight, she awoke to a noise in her bedroom. Darryl Babb jumped from the floor onto her bed then pulled her onto the floor. He held her down as she screamed, kicked and bit him.  Babb sexually assaulted her then told her not to call the police. He stated, “I know where you work,” and “Remember to lock your door.”


The victim went to a neighbor’s house and called the police. She then went to the hospital, where a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) was taken.  At this time, DNA testing was not available.  The PERK was sent to the Department of Forensic Science (DFS), but due to the limited testing available in the 1980s, a suspect was not able to be identified.  The PERK was sent back to the Virginia Beach Police Department and stored in their Property and Evidence Division.  In 2014, Detective A. Curran resubmitted the PERK to DFS to determine whether DNA testing would reveal a suspect.  By 2014, Darryl Babb’s DNA was in the DFS database because he was incarcerated for other crimes.  The DNA profile from the victim’s PERK matched Babb’s DNA. 


In addition to the aforementioned Object Sexual Penetration and Burglary, Babb has prior convictions for Forcible Sodomy, Burglary, Attempted Burglary, Possession of Cocaine, and Trespassing.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elliott H. DeJarnette V. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.