​Commonwealth v. Norman Lee Mitchell; Man to Serve 20 Years for Continuous Sexual Abuse of Minor

Monday, October 01, 2018

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Norman Lee Mitchell, 68 years old, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien for Rape – Victim Under Age 13. Judge O'Brien sentenced Mitchell to Life in prison with all suspended except twenty (20) years to serve.  This was above the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended a sentence of no more than 11 years and ten (10) months. 

Mitchell pled guilty on May 29, 2018.  The Commonwealth's evidence proved that Norman Lee Mitchell sexually abused a minor known to him for approximately six (6) years.  The abuse was continuous over this period of time.  Mitchell told the victim, "It's our little secret," and not to tell anyone.  The victim disclosed the abuse at age 17 and police began an investigation.  Mitchell was interviewed a number of times and eventually admitted that he didn't remember sexually abusing the victim but that the victim was telling the truth.  He further admitted to some of the sexual abuse.  In a recorded phone call with a family member of the victim, Mitchell apologized for what he did to the victim.

Mitchell has prior convictions for Assault and Battery of a Family Member (3 counts), Bad Checks (4 counts), Assault, and Drive with Revoked License. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney S. Mario Lorello prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.​