Commonwealth v. Develle Jovan Williams; Man on Probation for Robbery Commits another Robbery; Sentenced to 17 Years

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Develle Jovan Williams, 28 years old, formerly of the 1000 block of Atlantis Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis for Robbery and Use of a Firearm.  Judge Lewis sentenced Williams to 35 years in prison with 18 years suspended, leaving 17 years to serve.


Williams pled guilty on November 30, 2015.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on August 6, 2014, Develle Jovan Williams approached a male victim who was in his driveway in the Chimney Hill area of Virginia Beach, putting his 3-year-old child into his car. Williams displayed a firearm and demanded the victim's wallet and phone.  The victim complied and handed over both items. Williams returned the phone to the victim and fled on foot with the wallet. The victim called the police and provided a description of Williams.  Investigators pursued leads in the case and eventually Williams was developed as a suspect.  The victim was able to make a positive identification of Williams in a photo line-up and due to a distinctive tattoo of bricks that he had on his arm.


Williams has prior convictions for Receiving Stolen Goods and Grand Larceny: Auto Theft. Further, at the time of the Virginia Beach crimes, Williams had recently been released from custody in Norfolk for charges of Robbery and Use of a Firearm. He had eight (8) years suspended from his Norfolk sentence.  As a result of the Virginia Beach convictions, Williams was found to be in violation of the terms of his probation in Norfolk, and was sentenced to serve the remaining eight (8) years in prison.


Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald L. Harris prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.