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February 16, 2021

Two sentenced to life terms for murder in Warrenton

File Photos/Lawrence Emerson
Antonio Nehmaia Ogburn, 19, of Detroit, fatally shot Fabian Jorge Sosa twice in the back Jan. 8, 2020, as the victim lay in his Warrenton apartment bed.
Jaden Lawrence Staples, 19, of Woodstock, also got sentenced to life in prison for his role in the murder and robbery.
They knew what that were doing, and they carried it out to the fullest.
— Miguel Sosa, shooting victim
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Staff Journalist
Two of four murder defendants got sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for the January 2020 shooting death of a Warrenton man in his Jackson Street apartment.

Fauquier County Circuit Court Judge James E. Plowman Jr. in October convicted the four defendants of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery after they pleaded guilty to the crimes in the shooting death of Fabian Jorge Sosa, 27, of Warrenton.

Police the morning of Jan. 8 last year found Mr. Sosa dead in his bed after getting shot twice in the back during a bungled robbery attempt, according to the investigation.

After separate and lengthy hearings Tuesday, Judge Plowman also sentenced Antonio Nehmaia Ogburn, 19, of Detroit, and Jaden Lawrence Staples, 19, of Woodstock, on one count each of conspiracy to commit robbery.

With two close-range shots, Mr. Ogburn murdered Mr. Sosa as he slept, according to the investigation.

A first-degree murder conviction carries a prison sentence of 20 years to life. Conspiracy to commit robbery has a sentence of one to 10 years.

Defendants Alexander Jonathan Golden, 19, of Detroit, and Emily Michelle Race, 20, of Warrenton, also pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery charges in October and will be sentenced April 12 in circuit court.

Ms. Race, Mr. Golden, Mr. Ogburn and Mr. Staples travelled from Woodstock with the intention of robbing Miguel Sosa, according to the prosecution evidence.

The defendants knew Mr. Sosa routinely had a large amount of cash on hand from his illegal drug sales, according to authorities.

The murder victim’s brother, Miguel Sosa testified that Ms. Rice had called him the night before the deadly shooting and wanted to visit him in the second-story Hunt Country Manor apartment that he shared with his brother and a friend.

Ms. Race, Mr. Golden, Mr. Ogburn and Mr. Staples arrived at the apartment complex at around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Soon thereafter, he let Ms. Race into the apartment and locked the door behind her, Mr. Sosa said.

Ms. Race then ran to the door and unlocked it, he said.

Three men wearing masks and brandishing guns burst into the apartment, he recalled.

Mr. Staples immediately asked him if he had “any money,” Mr. Sosa said.

And, “within a couple of seconds, he was shooting,” Mr. Sosa testified.

Mr. Sosa testified that he got shot seven times, leaving him permanently blind.

“I remember being shot and pleading for my life,” Mr. Sosa said.

As a result of the shooting, he suffers from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and nightmares, Mr. Sosa said.

“They knew what that were doing, and they carried it out to the fullest,” he said of the assailants.

Directing his comments at Mr. Ogburn, Mr. Sosa said: “I hope you rot in hell for what you did to us.”

Fabian Sosa’s mother — Melissa Adams — also testified during both hearings Tuesday.

Calling the defendants “animals” and “cowards,” Ms. Adams said her son got “shot in the back, like a dog, as he slept.”

Others wounded amid the gunfire included Mr. Sosa’s roommate who got shot four times face, Ms. Race in the left hand and Mr. Golden in the arm.

In testifying Tuesday, family members of Mr. Ogburn and Mr. Staples asked the court for mercy in sentencing the two men and repeatedly apologized to the Sosa family for the defendants’ violent actions.

Authorities also charged:

• Jonathan Terrell Tucker, 21, of Woodstock, on one count of accessory to murder after the fact.

• Makoya Samon Denham, 22, of Woodstock, on one count of accessory to murder after the fact. Ms. Denham testified as a prosecution witness at the four defendants’ preliminary hearing in Fauquier County General District Court.

Mr. Tucker and Ms. Denham did not join the other four defendants in Warrenton the morning of the murder, according to authorities.

Both on March 10 will appear before a general district court judge who will conduct separate preliminary hearings on the charges against them.

If a judge finds probable cause exists for the charges against Ms. Denham and Mr. Tucker, the case will be certified to a circuit court grand jury to decide whether to indict the defendants.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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TADD · February 19, 2021 at 9:55 am
Excuse my ignorance. Bless the drug cartels that got shot up. One was shot 7 times and survived, the other dead because thugs broke in to steal their hard earned cash. These guys should have been jailed before hand since you know so many knew they existed right here in Warrenton. Drug cartels typically are sex traffickers and gang members. At least they were caught. Now go clean house with the rest that are connected with the same mob.
JustAnOpinion · February 17, 2021 at 11:51 am
Just came for the ignorant comments - and TADD did it again. Yes, we should jail the dead guy for being a cartel. Absolutely. While we're at it, let's also blame him for the phone outages at the Fauquier Hospital last year. Oh, and if you need a good job, you can make $13K while working from hime. Hit up Duan Ali or Sk Adil below... they'll take good care of you, you can pay your share in taxes for all those darned illegals stealing our healthcare and COVID shots.
TADD · February 17, 2021 at 9:38 am
Will Sosa get jailed for being a drug cartel? The mom called the murders animals but selling illegal drugs is also a serious crime. Your sons should have been jailed.
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