Commonwealth v. Bernard Russell Langley Jr.; Convicted Murderer Commits Home Invasion on Lunch Break, Judge Imposes Sentence of Life Plus 57 Years

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Bernard Russell Langley Jr., 40 years old, previously residing in the 1000 block of Hunting Hill Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick on charges of Armed Robbery, three (3) counts of Abduction, four (4) counts of Use of a Firearm, Wearing a Mask in Public, and Conspiracy.    Langley was found guilty by a jury on November 30, 2011.  Judge Padrick, who presided over the two-day trial, followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Langley to Life plus 57 years in the Department of Corrections. 

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on October 6, 2009, the victim was at home caring for his sick 7-year-old son.  A friend of the victim was also staying in the home temporarily.  Shortly after noon, Bernard Langley and at least two co-conspirators forced their way into the home. They wore masks and latex gloves and were armed with handguns.  Langley and his accomplices ordered the two adult victims into the upstairs hallway, where they were bound at the wrists and eyes with duct tape.  The intruders ransacked the home in search of money and pistol whipped the victims repeatedly.  Eventually the child was taken into the hallway and taped as well.  Langley and his accomplices made off with the victim’s checkbook and about $700.00 in cash he had saved to pay rent. 


At the time of these offenses, Langley was employed with the Department of Public Works for the City of Virginia Beach. He reported to work that day and took his lunch break around the time of the robbery.  Cell phone records indicated that calls were being made from Langley’s cell phone a few blocks from the crime scene minutes after the robbery. Further, Langley’s DNA was recovered from the inside fingertip of a bloody latex glove he left at the scene. 


Langley’s prior record includes charges of First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm.


Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas M. Murphy and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nickie L. Herron prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.