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October 8, 2020

Four defendants plead guilty in Warrenton murder

The success today would not have been possible without the hard work of the Warrenton Police Department and Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Peters. While four murder convictions in one day may be a first for our county, it came at a terrible cost to many families.
— Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Hook
Probably for the first time in Fauquier history, a judge convicted four defendants of murder on the same day.

Four young adults Thursday pleaded guilty to killing a Warrenton man during a botched robbery attempt in January.

These four face potential life sentences in February for the Jan. 8 murder of Fabian Sosa, 27, in his Hunt Country Manor apartment on Jackson Street:

• Alexander Jonathan Golden, 19, of Detroit.

• Emily Michelle Race, 20, of Warrenton.

• Jaden Lawrence Staples, 19, of Woodstock.

• Antonio Nehmaia Ogburn, 19, of Detroit.

In separate hearings, Fauquier County Circuit Court Judge James E. Plowman Jr. found all four guilty after each entered pleas on first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery charges.

Ms. Race and the three others travelled from Woodstock to conduct what proved a botched robbery attempt, 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.

Police the morning of Jan. 8 found him shot to death in his bed.

The murder victim’s brother, Miguel Sosa testified in a June 26 preliminary hearing that he had let Ms. Race, whom he knew, into the second-story apartment moments after she arrived in Warrenton around 4 a.m.

Mr. Sosa, who shared the apartment with his brother and another man, then locked the door behind her, he said.

Ms. Race immediately “ran” back to the door and unlocked and opened it, Mr. Sosa testified.

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

Within a few frantic, bloody minutes, gunfire in the Hunt Country Manor apartment that morning left one man dead and four others wounded, according to law enforcement officials.

Mr. Sosa testified that he got shot “multiple times.” At least one bullet struck his face and left him blind.

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

"The success today would not have been possible without the hard work of the Warrenton Police Department and Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Charles Peters,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott Hook said. “While four murder convictions in one day may be a first for our county, it came at a terrible cost to many families.”

Police arrested six suspects in the days following the murder.

Authorities also charged:

• Jonathan Terrell Tucker, 20, of Woodstock, on one count of accessory to murder after the fact.

• Makoya Samon Denham, 21, of Woodstock, on one count of accessory to murder after the fact. Ms. Denham testified as a prosecution witness at the preliminary hearing.

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

A Fauquier County Circuit Court grand jury last month indicted the four defendants charged with murder.

The prosecution has agreed to drop additional charges against some of the defendants in exchange for their guilty pleas on the murder and conspiracy to commit robbery charges.

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

Mr. Golden and Ms. Race face sentencing Feb. 2. Mr. Ogburn and Mr. Staples will get sentenced Feb. 16.

Judge Plowman scheduled two hours for each sentencing hearing, with the exception of Mr. Ogburn's, which will get up to three hours.

Defense attorneys said they will call numerous “character witnesses.”


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Dick Bonnaventure · October 12, 2020 at 3:54 pm
Maybe if the town police would actually patrol the streets of the town rather than sitting for hours at the police station waiting for a call we might make an impact.
AngryBob · October 12, 2020 at 10:20 am
@Karl: Yeah, that was pretty bad. Even shocked myself with that one. In my defense, I'm usually pretty drunk by that time of the afternoon.
karl engels · October 11, 2020 at 2:50 pm
Angry bob should have his account banned, that is vile, sexist, and extremely disrespectful to any and all survivors of sexual assault
The Warrentonian · October 10, 2020 at 9:57 am
All communities have drug issues. Totally get that. But there is a pattern of violence that is emerging in Warrenton.
Especially near Jackson Street and the Walmart. I feel bad for the good residence near Jackson Street. Why should they have to live with this.
What are the reporters from Fauquier Now doing to highlight these problems and asking and reporting the solutions offered by our politicians and police.
There is no way this is just isolated incidents.
Linda Ward · October 9, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Alohaexpress - Beg to differ and fixing it for you - "Trump is a lazy, un-productive, criminal thug that aligns with the ideals of Proud Boys, adulterers, and tax evaders."
Linda Ward · October 9, 2020 at 4:06 pm
Drugs are not new in this community, the dealers are just more brazen and/or stupid.
Fanimiel · October 9, 2020 at 3:01 pm
I would like to clarify that Fabian Sosa was not a drug dealer or user, he was en excellent leasing consultant for an apartment community and after hours he drives for Uber and lift to support himself.
The Warrentonian · October 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm
What is happening in Warrenton? There were drug shootings at Walmart. Twice right? The first time a football player from Liberty died (if I remember correctly) then there are these 4 drug- criminals , And now this week on the Very same street there was another drug murder! I hope the police are picking up pace and going after these drug elements! I hope our press reporters are keeping up with all the drug murders and crimes and keep asking our police what is being done to stop this! Lots of out of Town-ers coming to Warrenton to do Drug Business and brining violence. I hope our brave police force can stop these terrible people.
AngryBob · October 9, 2020 at 12:53 pm
@Cammie: Fair is fair, I guess, but I don't swing that way.

They're from Detroit. A Democrat stronghold. A run down "gun free" war zone. Definitely the voting base for Biden/Harris.
Alohaexpress · October 9, 2020 at 12:17 pm
Cammie Rogers...beg to differ..

They are lazy, un-productive, criminal thugs that align with ideals of Democratic voters
Cammie Rodgers · October 9, 2020 at 12:03 pm
Angry Bob - Why just the woman, why not the men? You think she deserves it more?

Alohaexpress - Doubt they were even registered to vote, not the smartest people so more like Trumpies if they were voters.
Traffic · October 9, 2020 at 11:19 am
Who's stupid idea was this? Now, they will all be put away. Instead of doing something useful for society they chose this. Looks like the girl was a big planner letting them in. sheeeeesh.....
Alohaexpress · October 8, 2020 at 6:39 pm
Biden just lost 4 votes
AngryBob · October 8, 2020 at 5:38 pm
She's so hot. I'd give her the worst three minutes of her entire life.

Should be part of her sentence.
pumblechook@mail.com · October 8, 2020 at 5:15 pm
If only there were laws against crime - then things like this wouldn't happen.
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