Commonwealth v. Isidro Loredo Amaya; Judge Imposes 48-Year Sentence for Double Shooting

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach announced today that Isidro Loredo Amaya, 33 years old, previously residing in the 900 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach, was formally sentenced today on charges of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Malicious Wounding,  and two (2) counts of Use of a Firearm. Amaya was found guilty after a six-day jury trial which began March 28, 2011.  Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien, who presided over the trial, imposed the jury’s recommended sentence of 48 years in prison. 

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on December 26, 2009, Isidro Amaya, Jorge Loredo, and a group of people were gathered at a trailer located in the 1100 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. During a card game, a fight broke out between several people in the trailer. Amaya’s brother was involved in the fight and said, “Go get the gun.” Upon hearing this, Amaya and Loredo left the trailer and returned home to get a gun. With Loredo driving, the two men returned to the trailer. Loredo remained in the car as Amaya ran to the trailer and shot Florentino Martinez-Melendez three times and Modesto Martinez-Melendez once. Florentino Martinez-Melendez died at the scene. Amaya and Loredo then fled the scene and were quickly apprehended by officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department in the 1800 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. The gun used to shoot Florentino and Modesto Martinez-Melendez was found in the vehicle.

Jorge Loredo was found guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter and Unlawful Wounding by a jury in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on August 9, 2010.  The jury recommended he serve a sentence of three years and 12 months, as well as pay a $2,500 fine.  On January 11, 2011, Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley imposed that sentence.

“Presumably, Amaya and Loredo will be deported by federal authorities after serving their prison sentences,” Bryant said. 

Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney William F. Monroe and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristin Paulding prosecuted the case.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​