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April 28, 2021

Driver in Sosa murder case gets 12-month sentence

Jonathan Terrell Tucker, 21, of Woodstock, got a 12-month jail sentence, but walked out of a court a free man Wednesday because of time already served and the suspension of eight months.
Our community didn’t deserve this, and the community that lives on Jackson Street did not deserve this . . . . Hopefully, we’ll never have to revisit something like this again.
— Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Hook
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Staff Journalist
The case of a murderous and bungled robbery attempt that took place about 15 months ago at a Warrenton apartment ended quietly and quickly in Fauquier County General District Court on Wednesday afternoon.

After about a five-minute hearing, substitute Judge Allison E. Coppage convicted Jonathan Terrell Tucker, 21, of one misdemeanor count of obstruction of justice in the shooting death of Fabian Jorge Sosa, 27.

Earlier this year, four of six defendants got convicted of first-degree murder and related crimes in Mr. Sosa's killing. Three got life prison sentences, and a fourth received 68 years in prison.

Misdemeanor obstruction of justice carries a penalty of one year in jail.

Judge Coppage sentenced Mr. Tucker to 12 months and suspended eight of those.

Because of time already spent in jail for the incident, the Woodstock resident left the courthouse Wednesday afternoon a free man.

Authorities originally charged Mr. Tucker with the more serious crime of accessory to murder after the fact, which has a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The reduced obstruction count reflects Mr. Tucker’s limited role after the deadly shooting as the driver who took two co-defendants — one of them wounded during the robbery attempt — to Winchester Medical Center and as a driver who returned three other defendants to Michigan, where they previously lived, Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Hook said.

Mr. Tucker, who appeared in court Wednesday, did not participate in the robbery or its planning, according to Mr. Hook.

Mr. Tucker’s cooperation also proved critical to the investigation, the prosecutor said.

Police the morning of Jan. 8, 2020, found Mr. Sosa dead in his bed after getting shot twice in the back as he slept during the robbery attempt, according to the investigation.

Four of six defendants directly involved in the shooting incident pleaded guilty last October to first-degree murder and related crimes:

Emily Michelle Race, 20, a former Warrenton resident who organized the robbery, in April got sentenced to life in prison for murder and 10 years for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Antonio Nehmaia Ogburn, 20, of Detroit, in February got sentenced to life in prison for murder and two years on one count of conspiracy to commit robbery. Mr. Ogburn twice shot the sleeping Mr. Sosa in the back, according to the investigation.

Jaden Lawrence Staples, 20, of Woodstock, in February got sentenced to life in prison for murder and five years on one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Alexander Jonathan Golden, 19, of Detroit, in April got sentenced to 58 years in prison for murder and 10 years on a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Ms. Race, Mr. Golden, Mr. Ogburn and Mr. Staples travelled from Woodstock with the intention of robbing the murder victim’s brother 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.

Miguel Sosa previously 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 along Jackson Street around 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Soon thereafter, he let Ms. Race into the apartment and locked the door behind her, according to Miguel Sosa.

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. Sosa got shot seven times, leaving him permanently blind.

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

Mr. Tucker soon after the shooting drove the wounded Ms. Race to Winchester Medical Center for treatment. A sixth defendant, Makoya Samon Denham, 22, accompanied them.

Authorities charged Ms. Denham with accessory to murder after the fact.

Like Mr. Tucker, she did not participate in the deadly crime or its planning, Mr. Hook said in an interview.

Ms. Denham “effectively went” to the hospital “as the nurse” for the wounded Ms. Race the prosecutor said. “I don’t think she has any medical experience. But the role of nurse was effectively thrown upon her.”

Ms. Denham, who testified as a prosecution witness in the preliminary hearing, “fully” cooperated in investigation, Mr. Hook said.

“She never asked for anything in return,” he said. “At the end of the day, her involvement was minimal. It only occurred after the crime. She had nothing to do with the actual crime that was committed.”

Because of that, his office on March 4 dropped the charge against Ms. Denham of accessory to murder after the fact.

“Their cooperation was material to us solving this case in the efficient manner it was solved,” the commonwealth’s attorney said of Ms. Denham and Mr. Tucker.

Mr. Hook praised the law enforcement agencies who investigated the incident and the “community” for its support.

“Our community didn’t deserve this, and the community that lives on Jackson Street did not deserve this,” he said. “But, they stepped up as much as they could, so we thank them.”

The prosecutor pushed hard in court for the stiffest possible prison terms for the four murder defendants.

“These are the crimes that life sentences are designed for,” Mr. Hook said. “Hopefully, we’ll never have to revisit something like this again.”

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.



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