Commonwealth v. Leonard Allen Morrison; Jury Recommends Two Life Terms Plus 28 Years for Man Convicted in Double Murder

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Leonard Allen Morrison, 30 years old, was found guilty of First Degree Felony Murder (2 counts), Robbery (2 counts), and Use of a Firearm (4 counts) after a three-day jury trial.  The jury fixed his punishment at two (2) life terms plus 28 years in prison.  Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr., who presided over the trial, will formally sentence Morrison on August 6, 2018.  

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on the evening of June 10, 2017, Leonard Allen Morrison and a co-conspirator planned a robbery of two men who resided on Archives Court in Virginia Beach.   One of the victims was known to Morrison's co-defendant.  At around 10 p.m., Morrison and his co-defendant entered the victims' home, shot them each twice, and robbed them of wallets, phones, and electronics.  Neighbors heard gunshots and looked outside to see two men getting into a car and fleeing. 

Morrison's co-defendant was linked to the crime through text messages exchanged with one of the victims. This victim's phone was found on the side of the road by a citizen who was doing highway clean-up the day after the murder.  The citizen turned the phone in to Virginia Beach police.  A few days later, Morrison and his co-defendant were apprehended by police during a separate crime in Hampton.  Both men made statements to detectives implicating themselves in the Virginia Beach double murder, although they minimized their involvement in the crimes. 

Morrison's co-defendant is facing charges of First Degree Felony Murder (2 counts), Robbery (2 counts), and Use of Firearm (4 counts). His trial is set for May 8, 2018.

Morrison has prior convictions for Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Conspiracy, Larceny of Motor Vehicle, Breaking and Entering Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (2 counts), Eluding Arrest, Possession of Marijuana, and eight (8) counts of Breaking and Entering.​

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Sara R. Chandler and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Brandon C. Emery prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

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