Commonwealth v. Troy Darnell Simmons; Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Brutal Stabbing of Girlfriend

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Troy Darnell Simmons, 48 years old, was sentenced for Malicious Wounding. Circuit Court Judge Glenn C. Croshaw sentenced Simmons to 20 years in prison with 12 years suspended leaving eight (8) years to serve.  This is almost twice the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended Simmons serve no more than four (4) years and eight (8) months in prison. 

Simmons pled guilty on April 20, 2016. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on November 29, 2015,  Simmons was waiting at the home he shared with his girlfriend in Virginia Beach.  He became agitated and went into the home and retrieved a large knife.  Simmons' girlfriend was dropped off by a friend who had taken her home from a party.  As she got out of the car, Simmons started a verbal and physical altercation with her.  He forced her to the ground and stabbed her 10-15 times.  She was stabbed in the neck, chest, and head, and had defensive wounds on her arms and hands.  Simmons was screaming, "I'm going to kill you," and fled the scene in a white jeep.  A neighbor called 911, and the victim was transported to the hospital and treated for her injuries. 

Police found Simmons shortly thereafter. During an interview with detectives, Simmons admitted to stabbing his girlfriend but would not say where the knife came from or how many times he stabbed her. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Paul J. Powers and C. Andrew Rice prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.