Commonwealth v. Marcus Antwan Sedgwick and Deshaun Marquis Mitchell; 20 years to Serve for Robberies with the Use of a Gun

Lured Victims at Oceanfront by Approaching and Claiming to Sell Marijuana

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Marcus Antwan Sedgwick, 23 years old, formerly of the 2500 block of Marshall Avenue, in the city of Newport News, VA, was sentenced January 28, 2019 by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley to a total of 56 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for one count of Abduction, five counts of Robbery w/Use of Gun or Simulated Gun, two counts of Robbery of a Residence, four counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. Judge Shockley suspended all but 20 years to serve.

Colin D. Stolle also announced that Deshaun Marquis Mitchell, 21 years old, formerly of the 20 block of Briar Drive, in the city of Hampton, VA, was sentenced January 29, 2019 by Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien to a total of 163 years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for one count of Abduction, five counts of Robbery w/Use of Gun or Simulated Gun, two counts of Robbery of a Residence, four counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and one count of Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. Judge O'Brien suspended 143 years of that sentence, leaving 20 years to serve.

Marcus Antwan Sedgwick pled guilty on September 24, 2018.  Deshaun Marquis Mitchell pled guilty on October 15, 2018.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on June 22, 2017 a victim was approached by Deshaun Mitchell and co-defendant Marcus Sedgwick to facilitate a marijuana buy.  The victim agreed to purchase marijuana from Mitchell and Sedgwick.  At that time one of the defendants pulled out a silver handgun, demanded the victim's property, and ordered the victim to turn and run away.  The victim turned over his wallet, cellphone, and a knife; he then turned and ran away.  The knife was very distinctive with a wooden-look handle.

On June 23, 2017, two victims were walking on the boardwalk headed back toward their hotel located at 31st Street.  At that time the victims spoke with Mitchell and Sedgwick about buying some marijuana.  They agreed on a price and all walked toward the 7-Eleven on Pacific Avenue.  One of the victims went to the ATM and got cash.  They then went to the victim's vehicle and drove around looking for an inconspicuous spot to conduct the drug transaction.  Once they stopped the vehicle, the victim reached for his wallet when one of the defendants produced a gun that was hidden under his hoodie.  Mitchell and Sedgwick then demanded the property of the victims, taking the wallet and keys for the car from one victim and money from the other.  Mitchell and Sedgwick then left the car on foot and fled toward 27th Street.  The victim's wallet and keys were located roughly 20 feet from the vehicle in the parking lot.  Other witnesses believed the defendants got into a vehicle driven by a female. 

On June 24, 2017, two victims were sitting in their vehicle in the McDonald's parking lot located at 300 21st Street.  One victim went into the McDonalds and encountered Mitchell and Sedgwick who inquired about a marijuana sale.  The victim took Mitchell and Sedgwick back to the vehicle and all parties got into the car.  The conversation about buying marijuana continued.  At that point one of the defendants produced a firearm and they demanded all of the property from the victims.  One victim handed over his iPhone 5s and $140.00 cash.  The other victim handed over $36.00 cash.  Mitchell and Sedgwick then fled on foot headed west on 21st Street.  The victims flagged down police officers in the 2300 block of Pacific Avenue to report the robbery. 

On June 25, 2017, a victim and her nephew were walking around the oceanfront when they were approached by Mitchell and Sedgwick who asked if the victims wanted to purchase marijuana.  The victims then walked Mitchell and Sedgwick back to the hotel room where the victims were staying.  As soon as they entered the room the defendants produced a firearm and demanded the victims get on the bed face down.  Money and property were demanded from both victims.  One victim described a knife used during the robbery as unique because it had a wooden-like handle.  After obtaining money, a hotel room key, and a cell phone, Mitchell and Sedgwick ordered the victims into the bathroom at gun point.  The defendants barricaded the bathroom door with chairs and a table and ran away.  From inside the bathroom the victims called 911 and forced their way out.  One victim made his way outside and saw Mitchell and Sedgwick heading north on Arctic Avenue. 

Officers in the area were aware of the robberies on the previous days and were on alert for these descriptions. The officer observed a car matching the description with occupants matching the descriptions.  The officer conducted a traffic stop for various traffic infractions he observed.  Once the vehicle was stopped, he confirmed that the occupants matched the descriptions of the robbery suspects. Ultimately Mitchell and Sedgwick were arrested and charged with the above described robberies.

Sedwick's prior record includes convictions for charges of Possession of Marijuana, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, Petit Larceny, and Attempted Statutory Burglary.

Mitchell's prior record includes Possession of Marijuana.

​The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nickie L. Herron.  Please contact Amanda Herman or Kristi Hopkins if additional information is desired.