VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man was sentenced Wednesday to 27 years in prison for his part in a violent home invasion and robbery two years ago.
Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr. sentenced 31-year-old Jesse Daniel Lugaro for three counts each of robbery of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to Macie Pridgen with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
After a bench trial in March, Lugaro was found guilty of invading a home on November 16, 2013 with his co-defendant Christopher Austin Averette. The two went to the home as guests of two women who were known to the four residents, but after a few minutes of conversation, Averette pulled out a gun, Pridgen said.
The victims were ordered on the ground and Averette demanded they empty their pockets. Pridgen said he took wallets and cell phones while Lugaro stood guard.
During the incident, Averette pistol-whipped one victim and kicked another. One victim eventually fought back to the point that Averette and Lugaro fled.
Averette pleaded guilty to two counts each of robbery and use of a firearm and will spend 14 years in prison.
Lugaro has prior convictions in North Carolina for three counts common law robbery and common law robbery attempt.