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November 19, 2014

For Immediate Release

Newport News, Virginia


On November 19, 2014, following a two day trial, a jury found Terence Javon Allen guilty of sixteen felony counts and recommended that Allen serve a total sentence of 133 years in prison for his role in a home-invasion robbery that left one victim paralyzed.

On March 21, 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 Terence Javon Allen.   Allen was charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Robbery, Attempted Robbery, Armed Burglary, 3 counts of Abduction and 7 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Evading and Eluding Police.  Judge H. Vincent Conway, Jr. presided over a two day jury trial.  The jury found Allen guilty of all sixteen felonies.  Following a sentencing hearing, during which further evidence was introduced about Allen’s prior criminal history and the devastating effects these crimes have had on the lives of the victims, the jury recommended a total sentence of 133 years in prison for Allen.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark L. McKinney with assistance from Victim/Witness Technician Shannon Powell.