VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man who followed a woman to her home then robbed her will spend the next 15 years in prison.
A judge sentenced 23-year-old Tyree Mitchell on charges of robbery, conspiracy, and use of a firearm during a hearing in Virginia Beach Circuit Court Monday.
Mitchell pleaded guilty back in March to those charges.
He was also sentenced for possession of an unauthorized weapon capable of death or injury after pleading guilty to that additional charge on Monday.
The commonwealth had evidence that proved Mitchell was involved in an event that took place on June 9, 2016.
That night, around 11 p.m., a woman driving home from Norfolk to Virginia Beach was cut off by a Hyundai on I-264 , and she honked. After arriving home in the Red Mill area the woman realized she had been followed by the Hyundai. Two men got out of the car and pointed a gun at her. They demanded her purse, bags and car keys, and stole her cell phone. Two bags fell from her car during the robbery. Fingerprint analysis found Mitchell’s prints on them.
The next morning officers were following leads on the victim’s phone and tracked it to an area off of Rosemont Road in Virginia Beach. Officers spotted Mitchell and stopped him. They also called the victim’s cell phone which began ringing in his pocket.
During the investigation police found that three defendants were seen arriving at the Wawa on Rosemont Road in the Hyundai, which was found to be previously stolen from Norfolk.
While awaiting trial in jail, Mitchell was found to be in possession of a 6.5 inch sharpened metal weapon, hidden under his mattress. Mitchell has had prior convictions for unlawful wounding and burglary as well as several juvenile larceny offenses.
One of the co-defendants is scheduled for a jury trial on October 30. The other co-defendant, Zimonion Adams, who was a juvenile at the time, but certified for trial as an adult, pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy.