Jennifer Marie Costa, 31, formerly of the 100 block of Gliden Road in Hobbsville, North Carolina, was sentenced today to 12 years in prison, with six years suspended, leaving six years to serve, for the crime of Malicious Wounding.
The Commonwealth's evidence proved that at about 11:30 p.m., on April 8, 2017, Costa's victim was working as an Uber driver, entering I-264 Westbound at the Oceanfront.
He unintentionally began tailgating a car driven by Costa, who was with her husband, David Costa, in the passenger seat.
The victim was able to pass the Costas' 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. He also began physically attacking him, as he leaned back in his seat to avoid the assaults.
The victim was stabbed in the chest and hit in his right hand during the attack. He was able to retrieve a knife from his car to fight back, and David Costa fled back to his vehicle.
The victim also began yelling at the Costas.
Jennifer Costa, who was still in her car, accelerated and hit the victim with it. She then backed up, 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; and the victim took a picture of their license plate.
He 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 Costas' car; and he has a scar on his chest from the stab wound.
David Costa was convicted of Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Malicious Wounding and is serving 24 years and four months in prison.
Jennifer Costa has prior convictions for Contempt of Court, Speeding, Driving without a License and several other traffic offenses.
"This sentence was above the high-end of the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines recommendation," said Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney Colin D. Stolle, who announced the prison term imposed by Circuit Court Judge Steven C. Frucci.
Acting Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Scott M. Lang prosecuted this case.