A Newport News jury on Thursday, February 15, 2018, convicted Jason Robles for the execution-style slaying of Katrice Major and 12 other charges for crimes committed against Major and the others in the home.
Jurors found him guilty as one of three armed men who on May 10, 2014, set out in search for a Newport News woman, Katrice Major. Jason Robles, who had been in a relationship with Major, confronted her children, learned she was at a neighbor’s home, and found her there.
The three entered the neighbor’s home, where they found four children and four adults, including Major. Robles beat Major senseless. He and the other two gunmen forced the four adults to the living room floor, and moved the children into a closet where they were tied up and covered with clothing.
The men then attempted to tie up and douse the adults and sofa with alcohol and set the place on fire. When that didn't succeed, Robles attempted to move Major to the front door, but struggled with her seemingly unconscious body. The three appeared to be finally leaving when Robles turned and said “Fuck it, kill them all.” He shot Major at least ten times in the head, neck, and upper torso. During the gunfire, the mother of the tied-up children was also shot.
In addition to murder, the jury also found Robles guilty of malicious wounding, the malicious discharging of a firearm in an occupied dwelling, four counts of abduction, and six counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The jury recommended a sentence of 138 years on all charges after learning of Robles’ 22 year history of drugs, guns, and violence convictions. The Judge in the case imposed the full 138 years for Robles to serve. One of the other two gunmen is scheduled for trial in May, 2018.