Commonwealth v. Charles Anthony Waddy; Argument over Sports and Politics Leads to Shooting; Shooter Sentenced to Over 12 Years

Monday, November 06, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Charles Anthony Waddy, 44 years old, formerly of the 1400 block of West Little Creek Road in Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan for Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Use of a Firearm.  Judge Mahan sentenced Waddy to 23 years in prison with 10 years and 4 months suspended leaving 12 years and 8 months to serve.   That sentence is at the high-end of the recommendation of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines. 

Waddy pled guilty on July 25, 2017.  The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on November 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m., the victim and a friend went to breakfast at Inland Reef on Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach.  The two sat at the end of the bar near the kitchen.  Charles Waddy sat at the other end of the bar near a juke box.  A verbal argument over sports and politics ensured between Waddy and the victim.  Waddy pulled out a handgun and placed it in his right hand, hidden from view.  He then motioned to the victim and stated, "I bet you won't bring your [expletive] down here."  The victim got up from his seat and headed towards Waddy as Waddy pulled out the gun and fired one time, hitting the victim in the abdomen.  The victim fell to the ground by the juke box.  Waddy walked over to the victim and stood over him, then left Island Reef. 

An employee at Inland Reef who was also friends with Waddy went to a nearby neighborhood and found Waddy.  He took the gun from Waddy and brought him back to Island Reef where the police had arrived.  The victim was transported to the hospital with several major injuries to vital organs.  He was hospitalized for over a month and had several follow-up stays due to complications.  He has undergone multiple surgeries and has permanent damage to several major organs as a result of the shooting.

Waddy has prior convictions for Petit Larceny, DUI – 2nd Offense within 5-10 Years, and Assault. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Julie L. Fink prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.