Commonwealth v. Isidro Loredo Amaya; Jury Recommends 48 Years for Double Shooting

Monday, April 04, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach announced today that Isidro Loredo Amaya, 32 years old, previously residing in the 900 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach, was found guilty after a six day jury trial of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Malicious Wounding, and Use of a Firearm (2 counts). The jury recommended a sentence of 48 years imprisonment. Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien, who presided over the trial, will formally sentence Amaya on July 18, 2011. The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on December 26, 2009, Isidro Amaya, Jorge Loredo, and a group of people were gathered at a trailer located in the 1100 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. During a card game, a fight broke out between several people in the trailer. Amaya’s brother was involved in the fight and said, “Go get the gun.” Upon hearing this, Amaya and Loredo left the trailer and returned home to get a gun. With Loredo driving, the two men returned to the trailer. Loredo remained in the car as Amaya ran to the trailer and shot Florentino Martinez-Melendez three times and Modesto Martinez-Melendez once. Florentino Martinez-Melendez died at the scene. Amaya and Loredo then fled the scene and were quickly apprehended by Virginia Beach Police in the 1800 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. The gun used to shoot Florentino and Modesto Martinez-Melendez was found in the vehicle. “Presumably, Amaya will be deported by federal authorities after serving his sentence,” Bryant said. Jorge Loredo was found guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter and Unlawful Wounding by a jury in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on August 9, 2010. The jury recommended he serve a sentence of three years and 12 months, as well as pay a $2,500 fine. On January 11, 2011, Circuit Court Judge Les Lilley imposed that sentence. Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney William F. Monroe and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristin Paulding prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​