Commonwealth v. Maurice King Walters Jr.; Last of 6 Co-defendants Sentenced to 14 Years in Fatal Robbery Plot

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

​Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Maurice King Walters Jr., 21 years old, formerly of the 4000 block of Peridot Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan for charges of Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Attempted Robbery, Conspiracy, and Possession of Schedule I/II Drug. Judge Mahan sentenced Walters to 36 years in prison, with 22 years suspended, leaving 14 years to serve.

Walters pled guilty on February 14, 2017.  The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on the afternoon of July 19, 2016, Maurice Walters' co-defendant, Marquel Leary, went to the apartment of Frederico Roundtree on Overlook Court in Virginia Beach. Neighbors saw Leary and Roundtree physically fighting and screaming at each other in the apartment stairwell.  Leary began to devise a plan to get back at Roundtree, and he sought out Walters, Anton Joshua, and some other men to help him.   

Later that evening, Leary picked up Walters, Joshua, Sean Patterson, Casheon Jones, and a juvenile.  Members of this group brought masks, guns, and latex gloves to help with the revenge plot. The group planned to rob Roundtree of his debit card and take back a gun that belonged to Walters.  Walters and the group decided that Patterson, Walters, and the juvenile would go up to Roundtree's apartment and smoke marijuana with him to relax him and scope out the situation.  Walters sent a text message to Joshua advising him to start the armed robbery.

On the way to Roundtree's apartment, Leary and Patterson communicated with Taiwan Simon, who was in the apartment with Roundtree.  Simon told them to abandon the robbery plan or be prepared for Simon to use his gun to stop them.  When the group arrived at the apartment, those who were to do the robbery put on gloves and masks and armed themselves.  They left their cell phones and wallets in the car so they would not leave evidence behind at the scene.  Patterson, Walters, and the juvenile then went to the apartment as planned.  On the way, they passed Simon and two other men.  As Joshua and Leary started to approach Roundtree's apartment with guns drawn, Roundtree came out of the apartment with a revolver. Simon also came outside. 

Roundtree and Leary exchanged gunfire; Roundtree was struck in the leg and Leary in the stomach.  Leary emptied his weapon, firing 11 times, striking Simon in the head and killing him.  Leary fell to the ground in the parking lot, and Walters stayed with him because they were locked out of Leary's car.  Patterson, Jones and the juvenile fled. When police encountered Joshua he told them he was walking back from Food Lion. Roundtree survived the shooting but has permanent damage to his leg.

Multiple defendants hid weapons that were used in these crimes.  Two guns and Joshua's clown mask were recovered by the police department's forensics unit that night.  During an interview with police, Jones cooperated and led police to one firearm.  The clown mask was recovered by police.  The jury also heard several phone calls made by Joshua while in the jail awaiting trial.  He made several incriminating statements in these calls to include talking about getting his co-defendants to come in and lie for him at the trial. 

The status of the other co-defendants is as follows:

  • Marquel Leary – pled guilty to First Degree Felony Murder, Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Attempted Robbery, Use of a Firearm (3 counts), and Conspiracy; sentenced to 76 years in prison with 35 years suspended, leaving 41 years to serve. 
  • Anton Joshua – found guilty by a jury on charges of Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Attempted Robbery, Use of A firearm, and Conspiracy; sentenced to 29 years to serve.
     
  • Casheon Jones – pled guilty to Malicious Wounding, Conspiracy, and Accessory After the Fact – Homicide; sentenced to 26 years, with 20 suspended, leaving 6 years to serve.
  • Sean Patterson – pled guilty to Conspiracy; sentenced to 5 years, with 4 years and 11 months suspended, leaving 1 month to serve.
  • Juvenile co-defendant – pled guilty in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court to Conspiracy; committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice for an indeterminate period of time.

Walters has prior convictions of Possession of Marijuana, Reckless Driving, and Petit Larceny.

Acting Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney James S. Panagis prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

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