Commonwealth v. Richard Richardson Jr.; Calling Crimes “Sickening,” Judge Imposes Jury’s Sentence of 360 Years

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Richard Richardson Jr., 22 years old, was formally sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Edward H. Hanson Jr. for Robbery (10 counts), Attempt Robbery, Abduction (2 counts), Object Sexual Penetration (2 counts), Sodomy (2 counts), Rape, Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Conspiracy (4 counts), and Use of a Firearm (17 counts).   Richardson was found guilty of these charges after a four-day jury trial in December 2010.  Judge Hanson followed the jury’s recommended sentence of 360 years in the Department of Corrections. Hanson termed the Commonwealth’s evidence of guilt “overwhelming.”


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on September 7, 2008 Richardson and two-co-defendants robbed two victims at gun point at the Pembroke Lake Apartments located in Virginia Beach.  Then on September 10, 2008, Richardson and four co-defendants returned to the same complex with the intention of robbing the same individual again.  Richardson and two co-defendants forced their way into the wrong apartment.  The three armed men demanded the ten occupants to lie on the floor face down.   Richardson and the other two men then started to empty the pockets of the victims.   Two of the victims were then forced by gun point to a back bedroom where they were sexually assaulted.   During this invasion, one of the victims heard a knock on the door.   One of the gunmen ordered a victim to open the door.   The victim took this opportunity to escape by running out of the doorway.  He slammed the door shut and yelled to the other man at the door to run.  At that point, the gunman came through the door and opened fire.  The man who had knocked on the door sustained gunshot wounds to his abdomen and head.


Richardson’s prior record includes adjudications in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for Assault by Mob, Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, Assault, and Curfew Violations.


Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin D. Stolle, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Lyla Zeidan prosecuted the case.


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