Commonwealth v. Edward Aaron Powell; 20 Year Old Sentenced to Serve 75 Years 8 Months for Deadly Home Invasion; Committed Offense as a Juvenile

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Edward Aaron Powell, 20 years old, previously residing in the 5900 block of Margate Avenue in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced on the charges of First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, and 3 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.  Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley sentenced Powell to 198 years imprisonment with all but 75 years 8 months suspended and 25 years of probation upon release from custody.

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on December 15, 2008 at 12:15 a.m., Powell and a co-defendant, Deandre Jaquan Gordon,  kicked in the back door to a house and went in.  Unbeknownst to the defendants, the victim’s mother Sarah Lynch was in the house.  She had just come home from a stay at the hospital.  Upon encountering Ms. Lynch one of the defendants put a gun to her head and demanded money.  The defendants searched the upstairs rooms moving Ms. Lynch around in an attempt to locate money and drugs.  After approximately 15 minutes, Ms. Lynch heard one of the defendants say something to the effect of, “He’s coming back.”  Deandre Gordon ran downstairs and encountered the victim Nathan Lynch.  A struggle ensued at the back door of the residence.  Ms. Lynch and Powell heard the struggle.  Powell ran downstairs and shot Nathan Lynch once in the chest killing him.  Gordon was linked to the crime by DNA analysis from a black knit cap that was recovered lying at the feet of the victim Nathan Lynch.  Several weeks later Powell confessed to his involvement to the Virginia Beach Police.

Edward Aaron Powell was a juvenile at the time of these offenses.  “This office instituted the transfer of this defendant to Circuit Court to be tried as an adult because of the violence of these crimes.” Bryant said.

The defendant has no prior criminal history.

The co-defendant, Deandre Gordon, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 12, 2011.  A third participant is awaiting trial on June 21, 2011.


Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Philip C. Hollowell and Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney M. Janeice Robinson prosecuted the case. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.