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Commonwealth v. Ladarius Malik Trisvan; Man to Serve 13 Years for Random Oceanfront Shooting

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Ladarius Malik Trisvan, age 22, of Emporia, Virginia, pled guilty and was sentenced today on three (3) counts each of Malicious Wounding and Use of a Firearm. In accordance with a plea agreement, Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced Trisvan to 33 years in prison with twenty (20) years suspended, leaving 13 years to serve. This sentence exceeded the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, which recommended a sentence no greater than seven (7) years and ten (10) months to serve.

Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that just after midnight on July 5, 2018, Ladarius Malik Trisvan discharged a firearm several times outside of a store called “OMG Everything” on Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. Six citizens, who were not known to Trisvan, were struck by the gunfire as they stood on the street further down Atlantic Avenue. They had no prior confrontation with Trisvan. All six victims were treated for nonlife- threatening injuries.

Trisvan was captured on surveillance footage from the “OMG Everything” store. In the video, he was seen raising his arm from behind a sign in the window. A handgun appeared and at least one muzzle flash was captured on camera. A group of people seen standing with Trisvan began to run toward 19th Street, and he ran away with them after the shooting.

Trisvan has a prior conviction for Disorderly Conduct.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael D. Defricke prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

Commonwealth v. Timothy Floyd McHellon - Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 20 Years for Probation Violation

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Timothy Floyd McHellon, 30 years old, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis for Violation of Probation (Good Behavior). Judge Lewis sentenced McHellon to twenty (20) years in prison.

Judge Lewis found McHellon guilty after he stipulated to the good behavior violation. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on April 4, 2019, McHellon was convicted of one (1) count of Indecent Exposure and three (3) counts of Obscene Sexual Display in the Virginia Beach Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The date of offense for these new charges was November 19, 2018, therefore violating the good behavior conditions ordered on May 22, 2018.

On May 22, 2018, McHellon was sentenced before the Virginia Beach Circuit Court for Forcible Sodomy – Victim Under Age 13 (3 counts), Aggravated Sexual Battery, Attempted Rape, and Custodial Indecent Liberties. For these charges, McHellon was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien to fifty (50) years in prison with twenty (20) years suspended, leaving thirty (30) years to serve, conditioned upon good behavior during the period of his incarceration and for twenty (20) years from the defendant’s release from confinement, in addition to indeterminate supervised probation.

McHellon has additional prior convictions for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Giving a False Name to Law Enforcement, Hit and Run, and Possession of Marijuana (2 counts).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Janeé D. Joslin and C. Andrew Rice. Please contact Amanda Herman or Kristina Hopkins if additional information is desired.

Commonwealth v. Troy Wayne Beacham - Judge Imposes Max Sentence for Drunk Man who Fled at High Rate of Speed with Unrestrained Baby

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Troy Beacham, 52 years old, of Chocowinity, North Carolina, was sentenced today for charges of Child Cruelty/Neglect/Abuse – Reckless, Eluding Police – Endangerment, DUI, and Refusal of Blood/Breath Test. Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan sentenced Beacham to ten (10) years, twelve (12) months, and thirty (30) days to serve. This is the maximum sentence for these crimes and is significantly above the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines’ recommendation of a sentence no higher than two (2) years and six (6) months.

Beacham pled guilty on February 26, 2019. Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on May 3, 2018 at approximately 7:23 p.m., Troy Beacham was driving a Jeep Wrangler on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel with a 13-month-old in the front passenger seat. An officer saw him bump the car in front of him at the toll plaza. As the officer approached the Jeep, he noticed the infant sitting unrestrained facing forward in a child car seat and that Beacham appeared disoriented and confused. The officer asked Beacham for his license and registration, but Beacham kept handing him a twenty (20) dollar bill. Beacham disregarded the officer’s commands to stop, and took off at high rate of speed.

Beacham knocked the red and white striped mechanical arm bar aside and did not pay the toll fee. The officer pursued Beacham in his marked police vehicle for the entire twenty (20) mile length of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Beacham drove at speeds from 58 to 97 m.p.h. He drove into the oncoming lane of travel. Virginia Beach police were notified and deployed spike strips to try to stop Beacham once he exited the bridge in Virginia Beach. His tires were flattened but he continued to drive a short distance before pulling over. Police observed that his eyes were bloodshot, watery, and glassy. He swayed and had a strong odor of alcohol. A half empty bottle of Crown Royal liquor was found in the rear cargo area of the Jeep. Three marijuana smoking devices and rolling papers were located in the vehicle, and including one located under the child’s car seat. Beacham refused to take a breath or blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. The child, still unrestrained, was removed from the vehicle and cared for by officers. She was uninjured.

Beacham has two prior Involuntary Manslaughter convictions, felony Possession of a Stolen Car, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, two DUIs and a felony Eluding Police conviction, all in North Carolina. He also has a conviction in Virginia for felony Unlawful Wounding.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wendy Alexander prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

Commonwealth v. David John Zdan Jr. - 25 Years to Serve for Distribution of Child Porn

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that David John Zdan Jr., 40 years old, of the 300 block of Oakshire Drive in Norfolk, Virginia was sentenced today for 5 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography and 34 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick sentenced Zdan to 50 years in the Virginia State Penitentiary with 25 suspended, 25 supervised probation upon release and 25 years good behavior.

On January 30th, 2017 detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department Special Investigations Division identified an IP address collectively sharing unique files considered to be known or suspected images and videos of child pornography. A subpoena for the IP address was issued and it was determined the subscriber information belonged to David Zdan, with a Virginia Beach residential address. Detectives used Peer2Peer software for a 3 month time period and received over 20 partial downloads from the defendant’s IP address with files associated with acronyms commonly associated in child pornography nomenclature.

On April 5th, 2017 a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence. The detectives and investigators from the Attorney General’s office conducted a detailed forensic examination of the defendant’s computer and external hard drives. They determined the defendant possessed more than 82,000 files of child pornography.

Zdan had a previous conviction for DUI in California in 2013.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Janee D. Joslin prosecuted this case. Please contact Amanda Herman or Kristi Hopkins if additional information is desired.

Commonwealth v. Patrick Nilo Gil; Defendant Flees from Multiple Police Agencies through Several Cities and Tunnels, Drives at Officers; Sentenced to 9 Years and 12 Months

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Patrick Nilo Gil, 47 years old, formerly of New York, New York, was sentenced yesterday for Attempted Malicious Wounding (2 counts), Eluding Police, Reckless Driving, and Driving without an Operator’s License. Circuit Court Judge Glenn R. Croshaw sentenced Gil to fifteen (15) years and eighteen (18) months in prison with six (6) years and six (6) months suspended, leaving nine (9) years and twelve (12) months to serve.​

Gil pled guilty on February 20, 2019. Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on February 23, 2018, at approximately 2:40 p.m., Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) officers were notified by Northampton County officers about a pursuit of a southbound vehicle headed towards the CBBT. Shortly thereafter, Gil drove through a gate on the CBBT at a high rate of speed, causing his windshield to shatter. Gil continued to flee at speeds over 100 M.P.H., maneuvering around other vehicles, swerving at police vehicles, and almost striking several vehicles. He also crashed through several construction barrels. Gil almost struck a northbound tractor trailer in the tunnel, which caused all traffic to come to a complete stop in the tunnel. The pursuit was called off for safety reasons and Virginia Beach police were notified as Gil headed in that direction.

Virginia Beach police set up stop sticks in an effort to end the pursuit. Gil traveled on Northampton Boulevard at a high rate of speed, followed by marked patrol units from Virginia Beach. He traveled from the far left travel lane aiming his vehicle at a uniformed officer on the right hand shoulder of the roadway. That officer successfully ran for cover behind his vehicle to avoid being struck. As officers continued to attempt to stop him, Gil again drove at an officer in a parking lot of a warehouse building. He narrowly missed a head-on collision with the officer. This driving behavior continued through Virginia Beach and Norfolk until Gil entered Interstate 64 westbound. He narrowly missed several collisions with citizens and officers on the highway. Virginia State Police shut down all traffic at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel due to the impending safety concern as Gil approached. Eventually Gil hit a spike strip and got a flat tire, but he kept on driving. He struck a vehicle inside the tunnel. Officers attempted to open Gil’s door once he stopped, but he looked at the officer and again accelerated into another car while the officer had his hand on Gil’s door handle. The officer was pinned between two cars.

Gil refused to exit the vehicle and officers extracted him. He stated he did not stop because, “I just got my truck out of impound for $350 in cash and I didn’t want to get towed again. I know the tags are bad, I pulled them off another car in the junkyard and I don’t have a license.”

In Northampton County, Gil was recently sentenced to three (3) years and nine (9) months for charges related to this incident. He also has prior convictions for Attempted Grand Larceny (2 counts), Petit Larceny (3 counts), Receiving Stolen Goods (2 counts), Burglary (2 counts), Destruction of Property, Trespassing (2 counts), Robbery, Assault, and Possession of Marijuana.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

Commonwealth v. Richard Jerome Gregory Jr.; Judge Imposes 21-Year Sentence in Fatal Robbery Case

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Richard Jerome Gregory Jr., 26 years old, formerly of the 1100 block of Clydesdale Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was formally sentenced to 21 years in prison for charges of Second Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm.  Gregory was found guilty after a jury trial on July 24, 2018, and the jury recommended he serve 21 years.  Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan, who presided over the trial, formally imposed the sentence today.​

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on May 8, 2017, Richard Jerome Gregory Jr. and the victim, Erica Alford, planned to meet for a drug transaction.  Alford, driving her Honda Civic, picked up a friend on the way to meet Gregory.  The friend sat in the backseat of the car after Alford picked up Gregory. The group drove to the Mayfair Apartments in Virginia Beach at Gregory’s direction to do the drug transaction.  After Alford parked, Gregory left the front passenger seat of the car with a lunch bag in his hand.  He returned a few minutes later, got back into the passenger seat, and demanded, “Where is it?”  Alford, still seated in the driver’s seat, replied, “I don’t have it on me.”  Gregory immediately pulled out a gun and started firing at Alford, ultimately killing her.  Alford fired back at Gregory, striking him in the hand and leg. 

Alford’s friend, afraid of getting shot, jumped out of the backseat of the car and ran to a nearby 7-Eleven for help.   She borrowed a customer’s phone to call 911.  Meanwhile, Gregory fled from the vehicle and limped to various apartments leaving a trail of blood.   Police and emergency personnel arrived on scene shortly thereafter and transported Gregory to the hospital.

The incident was captured on video surveillance from Mayfair Apartments.  Gregory was seen on video limping away from the scene carrying a lunch bag and a black object in his hand.  When interviewed by police he stated that he did not remember what happened due to being shot. 

Gregory has six (6) prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana. 

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon C. Emery prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

Commonwealth v. Richard Jerome Gregory Jr.; Judge Imposes 21-Year Sentence in Fatal Robbery Case

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Richard Jerome Gregory Jr., 26 years old, formerly of the 1100 block of Clydesdale Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was formally sentenced to 21 years in prison for charges of Second Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm. Gregory was found guilty after a jury trial on July 24, 2018, and the jury recommended he serve 21 years. Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Mahan, who presided over the trial, formally imposed the sentence today.​

The Commonwealth’s evidence proved that on May 8, 2017, Richard Jerome Gregory Jr. and the victim, Erica Alford, planned to meet for a drug transaction. Alford, driving her Honda Civic, picked up a friend on the way to meet Gregory. The friend sat in the backseat of the car after Alford picked up Gregory. The group drove to the Mayfair Apartments in Virginia Beach at Gregory’s direction to do the drug transaction. After Alford parked, Gregory left the front passenger seat of the car with a lunch bag in his hand. He returned a few minutes later, got back into the passenger seat, and demanded, “Where is it?” Alford, still seated in the driver’s seat, replied, “I don’t have it on me.” Gregory immediately pulled out a gun and started firing at Alford, ultimately killing her. Alford fired back at Gregory, striking him in the hand and leg.

Alford’s friend, afraid of getting shot, jumped out of the backseat of the car and ran to a nearby 7-Eleven for help. She borrowed a customer’s phone to call 911. Meanwhile, Gregory fled from the vehicle and limped to various apartments leaving a trail of blood. Police and emergency personnel arrived on scene shortly thereafter and transported Gregory to the hospital.

The incident was captured on video surveillance from Mayfair Apartments. Gregory was seen on video limping away from the scene carrying a lunch bag and a black object in his hand. When interviewed by police he stated that he did not remember what happened due to being shot.

Gregory has six (6) prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana.

Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brandon C. Emery prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.

Commonwealth v. John William Princeton; Former Virginia Port Authority Officer Sentenced to 25 Years in Child Pornography Case

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Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that John William Princeton, 52 years old, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today for Possession of Child Pornography, Possession of Child Pornography- Subsequent Offense (18 counts), and Distribution of Child Pornography (6 counts).  Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley sentenced Princeton to 130 years in prison, with 105 years suspended, leaving 25 years to serve.

Princeton pled guilty on August 29, 2018.  Had this case gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that between March 21, 2017 and January 3, 2018, a detective from the Virginia Beach Police Department Special Investigations Unit located over 1,300 child pornography files from John Princeton’s computer using two different IP addresses.  Some of the child pornography involved children as young as three (3) years old engaged in sexually explicit conduct with adult men.  Additionally there was a file that showed a child engaging in bestiality.  Further investigation revealed Princeton to be the subscriber for those IP addresses. 

Police executed a search warrant on Princeton’s home on February 14, 2018. He admitted to police that he downloaded numerous child pornography files.  He provided a pass code for an external hard drive which contained child pornography.  Princeton also took photos of a minor child, and those photos were recovered during the investigation.  In total, the forensic analysis determined that Princeton had over 328,000 files of pictures and videos of child porn/erotica material.  ​

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Janeé D. Joslin and Eleanor J. Gaines prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.