Commonwealth v. Travis Lamar Thorpe; Robbery Committed 6 Months after Release Violates Suspended Sentence; 10 Years Imposed

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Travis Lamar Thorpe, 22, formerly residing in Newport News, Virginia, was sentenced for a Violation of Probation.  Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien revoked Thorpe’s previously suspended 22-year sentence and re-suspended 12 years, leaving ten (10) years to serve.  Further, Judge O’Brien ordered him to remain on good behavior for 12 years after his release. 

Thorpe had previously been convicted of Robbery, Use of a Firearm, and Wearing a Mask in Public, which were committed when he was a juvenile.  On May 28, 2007, Thorpe robbed a Getty Mart on Green Meadows Drive in the City of Virginia Beach at gunpoint.   He was certified as an adult to the Circuit Court and pled guilty as charged. On December 18, 2007, he was sentenced to 25 years in the penitentiary, which was suspended conditioned upon commitment as a serious offender to the Department of Juvenile Justice for three (3) years.  He was further ordered to remain on good behavior for 22 years upon his release, cooperate with investigators on other similar unsolved robberies, and pay restitution to Getty Mart.


Thorpe was released from the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice in June of 2010.  Six (6) months later, on December 3, 2010, he committed an armed robbery at an Extended Stay America hotel in Newport News, Virginia.  On December 12, 2011, he was sentenced in Newport News Circuit Court to serve 18 years in prison. These new offenses were violations of the conditions of his suspended sentence ordered in Virginia Beach Circuit Court in December, 2007. 


When imposing his sentence today, Judge O’Brien noted that Thorpe’s juvenile criminal history began when he was only 12 years old.  


The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Lyla M. Zeidan.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.