Jury finds man guilty in rape, robbery case

William David Cannon (Photo by VBPD)
William David Cannon (Photo by VBPD)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man was found guilty Thursday of a number of offenses related to the robbery and rape of a woman in 2011.

A jury found William David Cannon, 28, guilty of armed burglary, robbery, rape, abduction, and four counts of use of a firearm, according to Macie Pridgen with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. The jury recommended Cannon serve 58 years in prison as punishment for the crimes, which stem from an incident on September 25, 2011.

Pridgen said the Commonwealth’s evidence proved that around midnight, Cannon and co-defendant Ronaldo Goodman waited in the Mansard Apartments parking lot off Northampton Blvd for someone to rob. When they saw a woman walking alone, they followed her to her apartment and forced her inside.

William David Cannon (left) and Ronaldo Lamont Goodman (Photos by VBPD)
William David Cannon (left) and Ronaldo Lamont Goodman (Photos by VBPD)

“Immediately, Goodman forced her on all fours and dragged her to the back bedroom,” Pridgen said. “He attempted to tie her up with a chord from her laptop. When that did not work, Cannon passed Goodman some electrical tape, which Goodman then used to bind her hands. Goodman also taped a dirty sock into her mouth and put clothing over her eyes, so she could not scream or see.”

Pridgen said Goodman sexually assaulted the victim while Cannon raided the apartment.

“At one point, Cannon walked into the room where the woman was being sexually assaulted, laughed, and told Goodman, ‘Hurry up, I’m going to get the car,’” Pridgen said.

 

The men stole electronics, jewelry and other items, which Cannon began pawning the next day. When police searched his home, they found some of the victim’s things  and electrical tape matching the kind at the crime scene.

When investigators interviewed Cannon, he confessed to his involvement in the robbery, Pridgen said.

DNA and fingerprint evidence linked Goodman to the crime, and when police took him into custody, he had the victim’s class ring in his pocket.

Goodman pleaded guilty to charges of rape, object sexual penetration, burglary with the intent to rape, robbery, and four counts of use of a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 3.

Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over Cannon’s the three-day trial, will formally sentence him on September 23.

Cannon has prior convictions of robbery and use of a firearm, with an offense date of nine days prior to these offenses. He also has misdemeanor convictions of unlawful discharge of a firearm and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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