Commonwealth v. Michael Christopher Smith; 21 Year Old Sentenced to 11 Years for Home Invasion

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that Michael Christopher Smith, 21 years old, who previously resided in the 800 block of E. Princess Anne Road, Norfolk, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien on charges of Armed Robbery (2 counts), Armed Statutory Burglary, and Use of a Firearm (2 counts).  Judge O’Brien sentenced Smith to a total of 53 years in the Department of Corrections then suspended 42 years, leaving him 11 years to serve. Smith pleaded guilty on April 6, 2011.

Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proved that on January 31, 2009, a man went to visit a friend at his residence off Newtown Road in the City of Virginia Beach.  As the man opened the door to enter his friend’s home, Michael Christopher Smith approached him from behind and rushed inside.  Smith demanded money and jewelry from the victims at gunpoint.  He then went through the victims’ pockets before locking them in an upstairs bathroom.  A second gunman entered the home. He and Smith woke up a juvenile who was sleeping in a bedroom and forced him through the home in search of money and jewelry. Smith was identified in a photographic lineup, and his fingerprint was found inside the home on a dresser drawer.

 

Smith’s prior record includes an adjudication as a juvenile for Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I/II Substance.

 

This case was prosecuted by Associate Commonwealth's Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.

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