Commonwealth v. Delonzo Lamont Moye; 11 Years to Serve for Violent Home Invasion

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Delonzo Lamont Moye, 24 years old, previously residing in the 2000 block of Rippling Rock Drive  in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was found guilty by a jury on charges of Robbery, Abduction, Unlawful Wounding, Use of a Firearm, and Wearing a Mask.    Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw presided over the four-day trial.  The jury recommended a sentence of ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections, 12 months in jail, and a fine of $1,000. Judge Croshaw imposed that sentence and added a term of three (3) years of supervision upon Moye’s release from custody.              


The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on February 13, 2011, Delonzo Lamont Moye and at least two co-conspirators committed a home invasion robbery of a residence on Skylark Drive in the City of Virginia Beach.  Shortly after midnight, the victims were gathered in a bedroom about to watch a movie. Delonzo Moye and his accomplices entered the home, their faces partially covered.  Moye put a gun to the head of a man who was standing in the hallway and ordered him to the bedroom with the other victims.  In the bedroom, Moye pushed another victim onto the bed, pistol whipped him, and shot him once in the shoulder.  Moye and his co-conspirators took money, drugs, and a scale from another bedroom before fleeing. 


The gunshot victim recognized Moye’s partially hidden face and voice as that of someone he knew as “Lo.”  He identified Delonzo Moye in a photo line-up conducted by Virginia Beach police.  Moye was apprehended in a K-mart parking lot within 36 hours of the crime.  A backpack he carried contained items taken during the home invasion and a handgun.  Investigation revealed that the spent shell casing and bullet recovered at the crime scene was fired from the gun Moye possessed at the time of his arrest.  When questioned by detectives, Moye confessed to his involvement in the crimes. 


Moye’s prior record includes adjudications as a juvenile for Assault and two (2) counts of Grand Larceny.  He also has convictions as an adult for charges of Grand Larceny from the Person and Petit Larceny.


Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Julie L. Fink and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elliott H. DeJarnette prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.