Commonwealth v. Michael Frederick Hines; Felon on Probation Sentenced to 13 Years for Killing Woman in Virginia Beach

Monday, February 06, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Michael Frederick Hines, 24 years old, formerly of the 1000 block of Indian Point Road in Suffolk, Virginia, was formally sentenced for Voluntary Manslaughter.  In August 2016, a jury found Hines guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter after a four-day trial.  The jury fixed his punishment at eight (8) years in prison.  Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis, who presided over the trial, formally imposed that sentence today.  Further, Hines entered a guilty plea to the charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Judge Lewis imposed an additional five (5) years in prison for that charge.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on April 4, 2015, Michael Hines and a group of his friends went to the Oceanfront area in Virginia Beach.  The victim, Crystal Stevenson, and a group of her friends also went to the Oceanfront area for a night out.  Hines and Stevenson did not know each other prior to that evening, but their two groups of friends met and began to talk.  Hines and his friends invited the group of girls to a party in a home on Gallery Avenue in Virginia Beach.  At the party, an argument broke out and the party host told everyone to leave the home.  Hines and Stevenson argued in the street, and Stevenson punched Hines.  Hines then pulled out a gun from his pocket, fired one shot at Stevenson, and fled the area.  Stevenson died shortly thereafter. 

An eyewitness from the party told police that the shooter was wearing a shirt with the words "hustle gang" on it.  During the course of their investigation, detectives learned that Hines' and Stevenson's groups went to a 7-Eleven store at the Oceanfront earlier that evening. Hines was seen on 7-Eleven surveillance video wearing a shirt with the words "hustle gang" on it.  Investigators released the surveillance video to the media with the hope that someone could identify Hines. Hines' father recognized him on the video and brought him to the police station.  During an interview with police, Hines adamantly denied any involvement in the shooting.  At one point, investigators left the room and allowed Hines' father to go in and talk with him.  Hines then admitted his involvement to his father, and stated, "The truth won't help me now."    

Hines has prior convictions for Robbery and Use of a Firearm in Chesapeake. These Virginia Beach charges resulted in a violation of the terms of his probation in Chesapeake.  He recently received a seven (7) year sentence in Chesapeake for Violation of Probation.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas M. Murphy and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Katherine E. Orsini prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.