Commonwealth v. Blair Joshua Carr; Man Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Killing his Mother

Monday, November 07, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Blair Joshua Carr, 25 years old, formerly of the 900 block of Sedley Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for First Degree Murder. Judge Shockley sentenced Carr to 35 years in prison with 12 years suspended, leaving 23 years to serve.

Judge Shockley found Carr guilty after a trial on April 14, 2016. The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on March 22, 2014, Blair Joshua Carr murdered his 50-year-old mother, Rosetta Carr, in the home they shared on Sedley Road in Virginia Beach.  Carr had been thinking of committing suicide for some time, and decided that if he killed his mother he would go through with killing himself because the alternative would be a lengthy term in prison.  He planned the killing for weeks, and hid a knife under his bed in the days leading up to the murder.  On March 22, Carr and his mother got into an argument because she told him he needed to find a job or he would no longer be able to stay in her house.  He beat her and stabbed her repeatedly, even going to get a second and third knife due to the first two knives breaking. After killing his mother, Carr remained in the house with her body and wrote a letter to police explaining his actions. Two days later, Carr called the police and admitted to killing her.  The police responded and determined that she had been deceased for some time.  In an interview with detectives, Carr again confessed to killing his mother.    ​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Elliott H. DeJarnette V and Wendy Alexander prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.