Commonwealth v. Tyrone Carone Jones; Men in Town for Church Gathering Robbed at Gunpoint; Defendant to Serve 13 Years

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Tyrone Carone Jones, 25 years old, previously residing in the 800 block of Biltmore Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia pled guilty before Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick on charges of Robbery (2 counts), Attempted Robbery (2 counts), Use of a Firearm (3 counts) and Conspiracy.  Judge Padrick accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Jones to 53 years in the Department of Corrections with 40 years suspended, leaving 13 years to serve.   


Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on March 21, 2009, the victims were in Virginia Beach for a church gathering, staying at a hotel on Greenwich Road.  At around 12:50 a.m. they walked to 7-Eleven to get some snacks and sodas.  Tyrone Carone Jones and a co-conspirator also came into the store and made a purchase.  As the victims walked back to the hotel, Jones drove a vehicle up to them, pointed a gun at them and demanded their property.  The victims emptied their pockets onto the ground, then Jones and his co-conspirator took the items. When later questioned by detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department, Jones confessed to his role in the robbery. 


Jones has previous convictions for Identity Theft, Assault, Destruction of Property, and Resisting Arrest.


Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Catherine Dodson prosecuted the case.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​