​​Commonwealth v. Tyrone Stewart Jackson; First Virginia Beach Cold Case Murder Conviction Draws 27-Year Sentence

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Tyrone Stewart Jackson, 38 years old, formerly of the 500 block of Newport News Avenue in Hampton, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw for Second Degree Murder, Robbery (Attempt), and Use of a Firearm. Judge Croshaw sentenced Jackson to 53 years with 26 years suspended leaving 27 years to serve.


Jackson pled guilty on July 15, 2015. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on June 3, 2004, Jackson and another individual went to the home of Sean Sessome to rob him.  Both assailants displayed guns, and a physical struggle ensued between them and Sessome.  During the course of the fight, Jackson and his co-conspirator both shot Sessome.  Sessome was able to get downstairs and over to a neighbor’s door before collapsing and succumbing to his injuries.  


Although $45,000 was recovered from Sessome and inside his home, the shooters fled without taking any money. Jackson used a 9mm carbine and his co-conspirator used a shotgun.  All initial leads in the investigation were explored in 2004, but investigators were unable to determine the identity of the shooters, and the case went cold.  In July of 2013, the Cold Case Unit of the Virginia Beach Police Department reviewed crime-scene photographs and physical evidence.  A metal bar located on the floor of Sessome’s bedroom was determined to be a part from a 9mm carbine that broke off the gun during the struggle with Sessome. A forensic examination of the bar revealed that Jackson’s DNA was on it. He was located in late 2014 and confessed to his role in the crime.


“I commend the Cold Case Unit for their careful re-examination of the evidence in this case,” Stolle said.  “This is the first cold case murder conviction since the unit was established. Because of their persistence and attentiveness, a violent offender was removed from the community and brought to justice.” 


Jackson has prior convictions for Grand Larceny, Possession of Firearm by Non-Violent Felon, Concealed Weapon, and Possession of Marijuana.  These offenses occurred prior to the murder in 2004.


Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Sara R. Chandler and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald L. Harris prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Pridgen Allen if additional information is desired.