Commonwealth v. Andarion Lorenzo McInnis; Jury Recommends 48 Years for Fatal Robbery of High School Student

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Andarion Lorenzo McInnis, 20 years old, formerly of the 500 block of Harbor North Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia, was found guilty of Robbery, Conspiracy, and two (2) counts of Use of a Firearm after a three-day jury trial.  The jury fixed his punishment at 48 years in prison.  Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over the trial, will formally sentence McInnis on November 8, 2017.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on May 1, 2016, Andarion McInnis and a juvenile co-conspirator arranged a drug deal with the victim, 18-year-old Bryant Cueto.  Cueto was going to sell McInnis and the juvenile Xanax.  Cueto's friend, who was unaware of the plans for the drug deal, drove Cueto to the Applebee's parking lot on General Booth Boulevard in Virginia Beach.  Cueto first met up with another individual, who gave him the Xanax bars.  A few minutes later, McInnis and the juvenile came over to the vehicle where Cueto sat in the passenger seat with his friend in the driver's seat.  The juvenile got into the backseat of the vehicle and McInnis leaned over into the driver's window.  Immediately, the juvenile produced a revolver and demanded the Xanax from Cueto.  Cueto refused to give it to him, and McInnis said, "Pop him!"  The juvenile shot Cueto in the back and grabbed the pills.  McInnis and the juvenile fled on foot to a vehicle driven by a female friend, which was waiting nearby. 

Cueto's friend called 911 and began frantically driving to the hospital.  On the way, he got the attention of police, who attempted rescue efforts.  Cueto died shortly thereafter at the hospital.  An investigation led police to McInnis and the juvenile as suspects.  McInnis' fingerprints were found on the driver's side door panel just below the window.  McInnis and the juvenile posted on social media later that evening about having Xanax. 

McInnis has prior convictions for Refusal to Provide ID to Police and Disorderly Conduct. He is awaiting trial on a charge of Possession of Unauthorized Weapon Capable of Death/Injury which he incurred while in custody at the jail awaiting this trial. 

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Paul J. Powers and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ashley B. Coleman prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.