Commonwealth v. Antonio Elray Boone; Seven-Time Convicted Drug Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

​Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Antonio Elray Boone, age 39, formerly of the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I/II Controlled Substance, Conspiracy, and Obstruction of Justice.  Judge Padrick sentenced Boone to fifteen (15) years and six (6) months in prison with five (5) years and six (6) months suspended, leaving ten (10) years to serve.  This was significantly higher than the recommendation of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended he serve no more than four (4) years and two (2) months in prison.

Boone pled guilty on July 16, 2019.   Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on December 18, 2018, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Virginia Beach Police Officer approached a man leaving the Seashire Inn on Pacific Avenue. After an investigation, that man was arrested for possession of crack cocaine.  He admitted to purchasing it from room 122.  The police officer contacted the hotel and determined that room 122 was registered to Antonio Boone.  Officers attempted to approach Boone, but he took off running.  The officers gave chase, and he was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.  Directly next to where Boone was arrested, officers located a half an ounce of cocaine in a bag.  Boone had a scale with white powdery residue and $1390 in cash in his pockets.  Boone admitted to being in possession of the cocaine.

Boone has six (6) prior convictions for Possession with Intent to Distribute.  He also has prior convictions for Petit Larceny, Possession of Schedule I/II Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Drugs: Own or Maintain Common Nuisance (2 counts), Contempt of Court, and several traffic infractions. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Michael D. Defricke prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.