Commonwealth v. Thomas James Schooley; Career Criminal Sentenced to 13 Years for Robbery, Cocaine Possession

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Thomas James Schooley, 47 years old, was sentenced for charges of Robbery and Possession of Schedule I/II Drug.  On June 5, 2017, Schooley pled guilty to the Possession of Schedule I/II Drug charge.  On June 6, 2017, he was convicted by a jury on the charge of Robbery.  The jury recommended he serve five (5) years and six (6) months for Robbery.  Today Judge Mahan formally imposed that sentence and also imposed a sentence of seven (7) years and six (6) months for Possession of Schedule I/II Drug, bringing the total sentence to 13 years to serve. 

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on the morning of November 6, 2016, Thomas James Schooley approached a man who was waiting for a bus on 18th Street in Virginia Beach.  After a brief conversation, Schooley punched the man, causing him to fall to the ground.  The victim's wallet fell out of his pocket and Schooley picked it up.  He then jumped on the victim's bike and rode away.  The victim chased after him but could not keep up.  He found his wallet lying on the ground a short distance from the scene of the attack. 

The victim immediately reported the incident to police and provided a detailed description of the suspect.  Approximately forty (40) minutes later, police found Schooley with the bike a few blocks away from the scene of the robbery.  The victim was able to identify Schooley as the man who robbed and attacked him. When he was arrested, Schooley had a pipe in his pocket which contained cocaine residue. 

Schooley has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1987.  His prior convictions include Robbery (3 counts), Public Intoxication (5 counts), Trespassing (2 counts), Shoplifting, Disorderly Conduct, DUI, Grand Larceny, Receiving Stolen Goods (3 counts), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Delivery of Drugs to a Prisoner, Possession of Schedule I/II Drugs (2 counts), Petit Larceny, Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice, DUI Maiming, DUI 2nd Offense within 5 Years, and various traffic infractions and probation violations. ​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Scott M. Lang prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.