Commonwealth v. Carlos Antoine Hinton; 18 Years to Serve for Robbery, Shooting Outside Beach Nightclub

Monday, April 09, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Carlos Antoine Hinton, age 27, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick for charges of Malicious Wounding, two (2) counts of Robbery, and three (3) counts of Use of a Firearm.  Judge Padrick, who found Hinton guilty of these charges after a trial on October 11, 2011, sentenced Hinton to 58 years in prison with forty (40) years suspended, leaving 18 years to serve. The Commonwealth requested that Hinton’s sentence exceed the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended he serve no more than 13 years and nine (9) months in prison.  

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that around 1:00 a.m. on April 27, 2010, two men were leaving a nightclub called Tropical Delights on Indian River Road in the City of Virginia Beach.  As they walked to their car, Carlos Antoine Hinton approached them and robbed them at gunpoint.  A struggle ensued, and Hinton shot one of the men twice in the hip. He then fled the scene and the victims headed toward the hospital. The victims in this case are merchant seamen, and one of the victims was flown to Virginia Beach from Zagreb, Croatia for the trial. 


The incident was thoroughly investigated by Virginia Beach police in connection with other law enforcement agencies.  Hinton was linked to the crimes through DNA left at the scene and on the gun.    


Hinton has prior convictions for Second Offense Concealed Weapon, Assault and Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer (Attempt), Distribution of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, two (2) counts of Eluding Police, Failure to Appear, and two (2) counts of Trespassing.


This case was prosecuted by Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Catherine Dodson.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.