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November 15, 2013

For Immediate Release

Newport News, Virginia


On November 15, 2013, Cornelius Dwayne White was sentenced to serve 45 years in prison for his role in a home-invasion robbery that left one victim paralyzed.

On April 8, 2012, three men knocked on the door to a townhome in the 400 block of North Chalice Court in the City of Newport News.  When the door was answered, the three men forced their way into the home at gunpoint.  Once inside the home, the three men demanded money from the residents.  They held a woman gunpoint in the living room while taking a man into a bedroom and bathroom continuing to look for money.  They also put a child in a bedroom and closed the door.  As the three men were leaving the home, one of them shot the man leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

The three men led police on a high speed chase during which they threw two guns from the window of their vehicle.  Ultimately, all three were caught, including Cornelius Dwayne White.   White was tried before Judge David Pugh on August 7, 2013 on charges of Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Robbery, Attempted Robbery, Burglary, 3 counts of Abduction and 7 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.  Judge Pugh found White guilty on all of these charges, and when he sentenced White on November 15, 2013, Judge Pugh imposed a total sentence of 158 years with 113 years suspended, leaving White with a total active period of incarceration of 45 years.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Mark L. McKinney and Rhonda Kinard, with assistance from Victim/Witness Technicians Shannon Powell and Rebecca Slattery.