David Arthur Costa gets 24-plus years for stabbing Uber driver
David Arthur Costa, 43, Hobbsville, N. C., was sentenced today for aggravated malicious wounding and malicious wounding, after being found guilty by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis, following a September 26, 2017, trial.
The judge sentenced him to 65 years in prison, with 40 years and eight months suspended, leaving 24 years and four months to serve, which was at the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, said the prosecutors.
Before pronouncing his sentence, Lewis stated that Costa was a "menace to society" and that the sentence would "remove him from it."
Costa must also pay restitution in the amount of over $15,000 for the victim's medical bills and $9,000 for the victim's lost wages.
The commonwealth's evidence proved that at about 11:30 p.m., on April 8, 2017, the victim was working as an Uber driver, entering I-264 Westbound at the Oceanfront when he unintentionally began tailgating a car driven by Jennifer Costa, with her husband, David Costa, in the passenger seat.
The victim was able to pass the Costa's vehicle, but the Costas began following him, tailgating him and repeatedly flashing their high-beams at him. The victim took the first exit ramp he came upon at First Colonial Road and stopped for a red light. The Costas stopped behind him.
David Costa jumped out of the car, opened the victim's driver's side door and began yelling at him. David Costa began physically attacking him and the victim leaned back in his seat to avoid David's blows.
The victim was stabbed in the chest and hit in his right hand during the attack and was able to retrieve a knife from his car as David fled back to the Costa's vehicle. The victim left the knife behind, but began yelling at the Costas.
Jennifer Costa then accelerated, hit the victim with her car, then reversed, struck the victim's car, and, at the urging of her husband, tried to hit the victim a second time.
The Costas then fled back onto the interstate. The victim took a picture of their license plate and realized he was bleeding from the chest, so he pulled off the roadway and called police.
Virginia Beach police officers found David and Jennifer near the vehicle's registered address later that night. The victim survived the attack, but has permanent injury to his legs from being struck by the Costa's car and a scar on his chest from the stab wound.
Jennifer Costa is scheduled to be sentenced for Malicious Wounding on March 28, 2018.
Costa's criminal record dates back to age 10. He has nine adjudications for crimes in juvenile court. As an adult, he has convictions for assault, brandishing a firearm, concealed weapon, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, destruction of property, grand larceny, resisting arrest, reckless driving, failure to appear, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, receiving stolen goods, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespassing, multiple convictions for driving on a suspended license and multiple probation violations.