Commonwealth v. Wendell Bernard Williams; Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Sexually Assaulting a Minor

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Wendell Bernard Williams, 48 years old, formerly of the 800 block of W. 36th Street in Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis for Rape-Victim Under age 13 and Object Sexual Penetration.  Judge Lewis sentenced Williams to 60 years in prison with 30 years suspended leaving 30 years to serve. This is almost twice the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines’ recommendation.

Williams was found guilty of these charges by Judge Lewis after a trial on January 26, 2016. The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that between 1999 and 2004, Wendell Bernard Williams sexually abused a child known to him.  In 2008, the child disclosed the abuse to a therapist and a relative. An investigation was initiated by the Virginia Beach Police Department in 2008. The continued investigation led detectives to additional evidence, and in 2015, Williams was re-interviewed.  At this time, he confessed to sexually assaulting the minor and was taken into custody.

Williams has a prior conviction for Possession of Cocaine.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nickie L. Herron prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.​