Commonwealth v. George Alberto Maldonado; The Other Shoe Drops: Another 10 Years Added to Robber’s 18-Year Sentence

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Harvey L. Bryant, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, announced today that George Alberto Maldonado, 22, formerly residing in the 100 block Coral Gables Court in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced to ten (10) years imprisonment for violating probation. Despite the request of his attorney, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Mahan ordered that the sentence run consecutively to an 18-year active prison sentence previously imposed by Circuit Court Judge Edward Hanson Jr. on December 1, 2010.

Maldonado had previously been convicted of Robbery and Use of a Firearm in Virginia Beach in 2006. Although he was a juvenile at the time of the offense, he was certified as an adult to the Circuit Court due to the seriousness of the charges.  Maldonado was sentenced to ten (10) years; however, the Court suspended the execution of that sentence conditioned upon the defendant’s commitment as a serious offender to the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Maldonado was also ordered to remain on ten (10) years good behavior and indeterminate supervised probation upon his release. 

 

During the probation violation hearing today, Judge Mahan heard evidence that Maldonado violated his probation by being convicted of Carjacking, Robbery, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and two (2) counts Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. The new charges stemmed from two separate armed robberies.  On September 29, 2009, the victim and his friend were waiting for a delivery of a pound of marijuana in the vicinity of the 3300 block of Kings Row Court in the City of Virginia Beach. Maldonado approached the car, put a gun to the head of the victim, and took his cash and cell phone. He then fled the area. However, the mask he was wearing slipped, and the victim later identified him in a photo lineup. On October 11, 2009, two people were in the back seat of a car parked on the 3300 block of Shasta Court in the City of Virginia Beach. Maldonado opened the car door and threatened the victims with a gun. He forced one of the victims to drive to an ATM and use her bank card to get money. A citizen observed Maldonado get into the car and brandish the firearm, so she called 911. Officers quickly responded and a short car chase ensued. Maldonado jumped from the victim’s car while it was still moving, leaving his gun in the passenger seat and his shoes in the street. Maldonado was captured, shoeless, after a short foot pursuit. DNA testing on evidence recovered from the scene came back to Maldonado. 

 

For those two armed robberies, Judge Hanson imposed a 38 year sentence with twenty (20) years suspended, leaving Maldonado 18 years to serve. After hearing of the new convictions, Judge Mahan agreed with the Commonwealth’s Attorney that the severity of the new convictions warranted imposition of Maldonado’s entire previously suspended ten (10) year sentence.

 

The case was handled by Associate Commonwealth’s Attorney Eleanor J. Gaines. Please call Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.​

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