VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia Beach man will spend nearly two decades behind bars for robbing several people in 2011.
Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said James O’Bryan Speight, 24, was sentenced to 62 years in the Department of Corrections for robbery, attempted robbery, use of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felony and a violation of probation. 44 years were suspended, leaving 18 to serve.
Speight and his co-defendant, Roy Jones, were accused of robbing four people near Lynnhaven Mall on Nov. 3, 2011. Speight stopped a vehicle and asked for a cigarette, and Jones jumped into the backseat, displaying a firearm.
They were able to get away with the property of two of the four victims and fled on foot. Pridgen said the victims followed the pair and Jones turned, firing two shots.
Jones is already serving a 27-year sentence on his own charges to include maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle, robbery with use of a firearm, attempted robbery with use a firearm, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Pridgen said Speight’s probation violation charge stemmed from an attempted robbery conviction.