Commonwealth v. Kwame Deshane Uzzle; Deadly Home Invasion Draws 8 Year Sentence for Getaway Driver

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Kwame Deshane Uzzle, 21 years old, previously residing in the 1500 block of Hackensack Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley on charges of Second Degree Murder, Armed Burglary, and Conspiracy.  Judge Shockley sentenced Uzzle to 25 years in the Department of Corrections, then suspended 17 years, leaving Uzzle 8 years to serve.  Uzzle pled guilty on June 21, 2011. 

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on December 15, 2008, Deandre Gordon, Edward Aaron Powell, and Kwame Uzzle planned to break into the residence of the victim, Nathan Lynch, located in the Plaza Apartment Townhomes in the City of Virginia Beach.  Just after midnight, Gordon and Powell kicked in the back door and rushed in.  Uzzle remained outside in the car.  Unbeknownst to them, Lynch’s mother was in the home recovering from a hospital stay.  The intruders put a gun to Ms. Lynch’s head and demanded money, ultimately forcing her from room to room in search of money or drugs.  

Meanwhile, Nathan Lynch returned to the house and was met at the back door by Gordon.  Gordon and Lynch struggled until Powell ran downstairs and shot Lynch once in the chest, killing him.  Powell and Gordon fled in the getaway vehicle with Uzzle.  DNA was recovered from a black knit cap found near Lynch’s foot which was analyzed and found to match Gordon’s DNA. 

Gordon cooperated with the Commonwealth and pled guilty to charges of Second Degree Murder, Armed Burglary, and Conspiracy.  Judge William R. O’Brien sentenced Gordon to 34 years in the Department of Corrections with 18 years suspended, leaving 16 years to serve. 

Edward Aaron Powell pled guilty to charges of First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, and three (3) counts of Use of a Firearm.  Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley sentenced Powell to 198 years imprisonment with all but 75 years and 8 months suspended.

Uzzle has a prior conviction for Grand Larceny.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Philip C. Hollowell and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney M. Janeice Robinson prosecuted the case.  Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.