Commonwealth v. Michael Shawn Weaver; 15 Years in Prison for Robbery Suspect Quickly Apprehended after News Broadcast

Monday, January 30, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Michael Shawn Weaver, age 38, formerly of the 3800 block of Roads View Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci for Robbery, Abduction (2 counts), and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.  Judge Frucci sentenced Weaver to 30 years in prison with 15 years suspended leaving 15 years to serve.

Weaver pled guilty on September 13, 2016. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on the afternoon of May 1, 2016, Michael Shawn Weaver entered the Quick Mart on Norfolk Avenue in the City of Virginia Beach. He was armed with a gun, which investigators later determined to be an airsoft gun.  Weaver ordered two customers to the ground.  He went behind the counter and ordered the clerk to open the register.  Weaver took all the cash and exited the store. 

A news release was broadcast and an employee at the Hilton recognized Weaver as being a guest in the hotel.  The day after the robbery, an employee of 17th Street Surf Shop identified Weaver as a customer who changed clothes in the store.  Weaver gave the employee his clothes and asked him to throw them out.  Weaver was apprehended by police and confessed to the robbery.  Police found the airsoft gun in a dumpster on the side of the Quick Mart.   

Weaver has a prior conviction for Arson.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Scott C. Vachris and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon A. Sadler prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.