​Commonwealth v. Robert Lee Lane; Serial Rapist Already Serving Life plus 220 Years Sentenced to Additional 50 Years for Cold Case Rape​

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Robert Lee Lane, 50 years old, pled guilty to Rape and Abduction with the Intent to Defile.  In accordance with a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis sentenced Lane to 50 years in prison. 

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on November 4, 1992, the victim was walking home from work in the Magic Hollow area of Virginia Beach.  Lane passed her on a bike and commented that she looked "sexy."  She ignored him and continued walking.  He approached her from behind and placed a knife to her neck.  He walked her to a park, pushed her onto a table, and raped her at knifepoint.  He then fled and the victim began screaming for her husband. She ran home and called the police. 

The victim underwent a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE exam) where evidence, to include seminal fluid, was collected and preserved in the custody of the Virginia Beach Police Department.  No suspect was developed at that time; therefore the case went cold for many years. In 2016, the evidence was resubmitted to the Department of Forensic Science (DFS) for examination and to see if a suspect could be identified.  Ultimately a DNA match was made to Robert Lee Lane.  

Lane is currently serving life plus 220 years for charges of Abduction with the Intent to Defile (2 counts), Rape (3 counts), and Carjacking. He also has prior convictions for Indecent Liberties, Burglary (2 counts), Grand Larceny, and Possession of Cocaine.​

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


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