Man gets 25 years in prison for child abuse; murderer gets 99 years

November 2, 2018

Anthony Dwayne August, 27, of Virginia Beach, has learned his punishment for committing forcible sodomy, on a victim under the age of 13; and for taking custodial, indecent liberties with the same person.   


Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien recently sentenced August to 75 years in prison, with 50 years suspended, leaving 25 years to serve.  


Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have shown that between December 1, 2016, and December 31, 2017, Anthony Dwayne August sexually abused a minor that he knew. 


A short time later, the child reported the abuse to a trusted family member and when detectives interviewed August, he admitted to sexually abusing the victim.  


Assistant Commonwealth's attorney, C. Andrew Rice, prosecuted the case. 



Also, Garry Ta'sheen Hamlin, 28, formerly of the 100 block of Charles Street, in Suffolk, has learned his punishment for murder, robbery, attempted robbery, malicious wounding, armed burglary, criminal conspiracy, use of a firearm and wearing a mask while committing a crime.  


Convicted of these charges after a five-day trial, the jury fixed his punishment at life in prison, plus, 99 years.  Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley, who presided over the trial, formally imposed the sentence.   ​


The Commonwealth's evidence proved that in the early morning hours of August 7, 2016, Hamlin, along with Deandre Womack and Michael Scott, traveled to Virginia Beach to commit a home invasion robbery. 


They entered a home on 22nd Street at the Oceanfront area of the city where, at the time, two French exchange students were staying. 


Hamlin and his accomplices held them at gunpoint and demanded their personal property. 


He fired a gun, inadvertently striking one of the suspects, Michael Scott, in the head.   


Scott collapsed, dead, landing on an exchange student, who was also struck by the same bullet, but survived. 


After Womack and Hamlin fled the scene, a police officer on a bicycle patrol noticed Hamlin running from the home and chased him.  The suspect threw several items at the officer, including a wallet belonging to one of the exchange students, and a .40-caliber pistol with Scott's blood on it.  He was caught and arrested a short distance away.


Womack has been found guilty of murder, robbery, attempted robbery, malicious wounding, armed burglary and use of a firearm.


Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis.  Judge Lewis sentenced Womack to 148 years in prison, with 98 years suspended, leaving 50 years to serve. 


Assistant Commonwealth's attorneys, Nickie L. Herron and James S. Panagis, respectively, prosecuted the case.


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