Commonwealth v. Matthew Allen Turner; Robbery Spree Draws 23 Years to Serve

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Matthew Allen Turner, 22, of the 2700 block of Halsey Street in Chesapeake, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien on charges of Robbery (5 counts), Attempted Robbery, Use of a Firearm (4 counts), Conspiracy (2 counts), and Wearing a Mask in Public.  Judge O’Brien sentenced Turner to a total of 135 years in the Department of Corrections then suspended 112 years, leaving 23 years to serve. Turner pled guilty on September 28, 2011.

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that in January 2011, Matthew Turner committed a spree of armed robberies of citizens and businesses in the City of Virginia Beach.  In the early morning hours of January 5, 2011, Turner approached a man in the Waterfront Apartments and robbed him of his cell phone and 15 cents at gunpoint.  Around 4:30 p.m. on January 14, 2011, Turner approached two juveniles near the Salem Woods Park, pointed a revolver at them, and made off with a cell phone.  An hour later, he robbed the Albano Cleaner’s on Holland Road. 


Matthew Turner continued his robbery spree with accomplices Kyle Delano Smith, Mytisha Delynn Warmack, and Olivia Danielle Mercedes Weir.  In the early evening hours of January 17, 2011, Turner robbed the Albano Cleaners on Laskin Road.  Prior to the robbery, Mytisha Warmack had entered the store to determine who was inside.  Olivia Weir waited outside the store and drove the getaway car.    On the evening of January 20, 2011, Turner robbed the Albano Cleaners on Pleasure House Road in Virginia Beach at gunpoint.  Weir, who previously worked at this store, again drove the getaway car.


On January 21, 2011, video from one of the robberies was released to the media and a tip was received identifying Olivia Weir.  Investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department led to a search at a local hotel room where the four co-conspirators were staying.  Clothing worn in the robberies, the handgun, money, and property belong to the victims was recovered from the hotel room.  Upon their arrests, all four defendants admitted to involvement in some of the robberies.


Olivia Danielle Mercedes Weir pled guilty to three (3) counts each of Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy.  On November 1, 2011, Judge Frederick B. Lowe sentenced Weir to 43 years in prison with 27 years suspended, leaving her 16 years to serve.


Kyle Delano Smith pled guilty to Robbery, Use of a Firearm, Wearing a Mask in Public, and Conspiracy.  On November 22, 2011, Judge Les L. Lilley sentenced him to 17 years in prison with seven (7) years suspended, leaving ten (10) years to serve.


Mytisha Delynn Warmack pled guilty to Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and Conspiracy.  On November 1, 2011, Judge Lowe sentenced her to 23 years in prison, then suspended all but four (4) years of that sentence. 


Turner has two previous convictions for Credit Card Fraud.


The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Vivian F. Henderson.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.