Commonwealth v. Tramonte Enrico Hines; Teen to Spend over 83 Years in Prison for Home Invasion

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Tramonte Enrico Hines, 19 years old, previously residing in the 1300 block of Longlac Road in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan on charges of Armed Robbery (4 counts), Abduction (4 counts), Armed Burglary, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Use of a Firearm (8 counts), and Wearing a Mask on Private Property.   Hines was found guilty of these charges by a jury in January, 2012, and the jury recommended a sentence of 83 years and 13 months imprisonment plus a fine of $500.  Judge Mahan imposed that sentence today.  Also In January, 2012, Hines pled guilty to charges of Obstructing Justice and Bribery of a Witness.  For that, Judge Mahan imposed an additional suspended sentence of 5 years and 12 months. 

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that shortly after midnight on December 5, 2010, Tramonte Enrico Hines committed an armed home invasion robbery at an apartment in the Harbor Club complex off Birdneck Road in the City of Virginia Beach.  Hines entered the apartment through a bedroom sliding glass door and immediately pointed a gun at a woman inside.  He sexually assaulted her at gunpoint and began demanding her property.  Hines eventually forced all four residents into a bedroom and threatened to shoot their puppy if she did not stop barking.  He ordered the victims to give him a laundry bag, and placed their laptops, money, cell phones, prescription drugs, and video gaming systems inside.  Before fleeing the residence, Hines told them he had someone watching outside who would kill them if they called the police.   

Although Hines had a bandana covering the bottom portion of his face, three of the victims positively identified him.  They recalled that Hines had slits cut into his eyebrows.  The Commonwealth presented a photograph of his eyebrows with the words “young boy” cut into them by his barber just days before the robbery.  Additional witnesses testified that Hines admitted to committing the home invasion, and one witness recalled seeing Hines with handguns and the laundry bag full of stolen property.  While in jail awaiting trial, Hines made phone calls threatening one of the Commonwealth’s witnesses and offered to pay her if she lied at trial. 

Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul J. Powers prosecuted the case. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.