Commonwealth v. Shane Marquis Johnson; Unrepentant 18-Year-Old Burglar to serve 20 Years

Monday, November 14, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Shane Marquis Johnson, 18 years old, previously residing in the 1300 block of Coral Place in Hampton, Virginia, was sentenced by the Honorable H. Thomas Padrick, Jr. today for convictions of six (6) counts of Statutory Burglary of a Dwelling and six (6) counts of Grand Larceny.  The defendant was sentenced to four years on each offense, for a total of forty-eight (48) years with all but twenty (20) suspended.  The suspension is conditioned upon indeterminate supervised probation, good behavior for forty-four (44) years, have no contact with the victims, and payment of restitution totaling $10,719.


Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on six different occasions over a twelve day period the defendant broke into six homes to commit larceny.  All of these homes were in the same neighborhood.  All but one home was entered through a back door.  Some of the property that Johnson stole included a number of laptops, video game systems, televisions, cameras, video cameras, assorted jewelry including a Naval Academy class ring, and a 2008 Lexus IS250. 

Johnson was apprehended in a stolen vehicle along with a number of items that were stolen.  During an interview with Police Detective Curtis, Johnson admitted he has broken into more than ten houses.  When confronted with other evidence, Johnson laughed and stated as soon as he gets out of jail, he would go back to selling marijuana again.  Johnson was 17 years old at the time of these offenses and was just 15 days shy of his 18th birthday.  The court determined he should be sentenced as an adult.


Johnson has a prior criminal history which includes disorderly conduct as well as assault and battery of a school official in 2005 in Henrico County.  In 2010, Johnson was found guilty of sexual battery, curfew violation, illegal possession of tobacco, and a violation of probation in Virginia Beach.  In Newport News, Johnson was found guilty of simple assault in August 2010. 


Johnson is awaiting sentencing for other charges including five counts of Grand Larceny, four counts of Credit Card Theft, two counts of Destruction of Property, six counts of Entering a Vehicle with the Intent to Commit Mischief, and Petit Larceny.  These pending charges occurred within 30 days of turning 18 and only 2 months after the burglaries he was sentenced for today.


Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kari A. Kopnicky prosecuted the case.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.