Commonwealth v. Tobias Kinte Loftin; Judge Imposes Jury’s Recommended Sentence of 55 Years for Murder at Club

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

​Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Tobias Kinte Loftin, 39 years old, formerly of the 1000 block of Dunbar Street in Norfolk, Virginia, was formally sentenced on charges of First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  He was convicted of these charges after a two-day jury trial which began on June 26, 2018, and the jury recommended he serve 55 years in prison and pay a fine of $45,000.  Today, Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis, who presided over the trial, formally imposed that 55-year sentence, a fine of $45,000, and an additional 3 years on each charge that was suspended conditioned upon 3 years of post-release supervision.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that in the early morning hours of August 27, 2016, Tobias Kinte Loftin and the victim, Demetrius Darnell McCloud, were on the dance floor at Club Embassy on Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach.  After exchanging brief words with each other, the victim turned around and Loftin shot him in the head from behind.  McCloud died at the scene. 

Police responded to Club Embassy and began an investigation.  Within twelve hours of the crime, anonymous callers began offering the street name of "Boss Hog" as the potential suspect.  Detectives were able to determine that "Boss Hog" was Tobias Loftin due to previous cases concerning him.  They were able to access security camera footage from Club Embassy.  Loftin was captured on video committing the homicide and fleeing from the scene through a rear doorway.  During the trial, two witnesses who were present at the scene identified Loftin as the shooter. 

Loftin has prior convictions for Attempted Robbery, Malicious Wounding, and Use of a Firearm. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Michael D. Defricke and Karen M. Sosa prosecuted this case. Please contact Amanda Herman and Kristi Hopkins if additional information is desired.