Judge upholds jury’s recommendation, sentences man to 26 years in prison for Charles City robbery
Judge B. Elliott Bondurant upheld a jury’s recommendation and sentenced a Richmond man to 26 years in prison for a robbery committed in Charles City.
Michael DeVaughan Gordon, 41, of the 500 block of Deter Road, received formal sentencing Friday morning as part of Charles City Circuit Court proceedings. He received five years of active time on each of two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony (second offense), robbery, and robbery while using a gun. He received three years on one count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony (first offense), two years on a single conviction of maliciously shooting into an occupied building, and one year on an abduction charge.
On Jan. 4, a jury of eight men and four women heard Gordon’s trial. The trial stemmed from an incident on Feb. 16, 2018 where Newsome Green was working on his vehicle outside his home on Little Elam Road during the late evening hours. After taking it for a short drive, a young relative contacted Green and asked to travel with him. As Green made a U-turn and returned to his home where the young relative was at, an unknown van pulled up in the driveway.
Two individuals emerged from the van with guns. Gordon was identified as the man with the weapon pointed at Green, walking him to the door while co-defendant, Ahmad Amir Hutchins, 22, of the 9800 block of Tunstall Road, was the other man. Green was escorted to the front door where the young relative opened the front door and was pointing a shotgun at Gordon. Gordon said that if the young relative did not drop the gun, Green would be killed. As the relative handed the weapon to Hutchins, Green slipped the grasp of Gordon and slammed the door, bolting around a corner. As Green and his relative did, a gunshot went through the room and struck a few objects. Gordon and Hutchins fled back to the van where a third co-defendant, Alexis Adisha Wells-Elliott, 23, of New Kent, was waiting. The van got stuck and the three tried to take Green’s car, but that got stuck as well. The three defendants fled the scene as sirens rang from the response of sheriff’s deputies.
Sheriff’s deputies were able to trace the van back to Gordon’s mother, while Wells-Elliott’s identification was discovered inside the vehicle. After being able to track down Wells-Elliott and Hutchins, the officers were able to receive background on the things that took place. Wells-Elliott told officers that she was there to “do a trick”, or prostitute, to someone who was staying at Green’s home at the time. After she got cold feet, she wanted to do a robbery instead.
Officers put out a be-on-the-lookout for a defendant, with Charles City Deputy Scott Greene stopping by Adkins Store and advising clerks that if they saw anyone with muddy clothing and fitting the description of Gordon, to notify the police. Around 7:30 a.m., Gordon walked into the store and was apprehended. In his possession was a firearm that was linked with a bullet found in a couch found in Green’s home.
During the jury trial, Gordon said that he was only the driver and was told that he would get paid gas money and receive weed in exchange for the ride. However, the jury only took 20 minutes to deliberate before handing out guilty verdicts on all the crimes.
No time was suspended on Gordon’s sentences, but the defendant does plan to appeal the ruling. Hutchins is currently serving a five-year sentence for his part in the robbery while Wells-Elliott is serving a four-and-a-half year sentence for her involvement.