Commonwealth v. Damien Michael Dukes; Man Sentenced to 13 years in Prison for Killing Mother with Dumbbell

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Damien Michael Dukes, 29 years old, formerly of the 4200 block of Old Lyne Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced for Second Degree Murder. Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who found Dukes guilty after a one-day trial before which the defendant had pled not guilty by reason of insanity.  Judge A. Bonwill Shockley sentenced Dukes to 30 years in prison with 17 years suspended leaving 13 years to serve. 

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on April 10, 2014, Damien Michael Dukes called 911 and told the dispatcher that he murdered his 54-year-old mother, Victory Star Winner, the day before.  Dukes had been staying with his mother in a room she rented at the Studios for Less hotel in Virginia Beach. They had an argument because Winner told Dukes she was moving and he would need to find somewhere to live.  Dukes also told the dispatcher that he thought she was going to take his car and his cat.  Dukes hit Winner in the head with a dumbbell weight multiple then covered her with a blanket. He told the dispatcher in which room police could find his mother and that he would cooperate with police.  Police arrived on scene, took Dukes into custody, and pronounced Winner deceased. 

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick J. Connolly and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney C. Andrew Rice prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.