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Williamsburg man given 45 years in prison for role in 2009 murder

A Williamsburg man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison in connection with a 2009 murder in Newport News.

Mark Xavier Wallace, 37, was sentenced Monday for the murder of Louis Joseph Jr., who died after being shot multiple times in the torso at his Newport News home, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

Wallace was convicted in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia after a jury trial April 17. Two other men, Joseph James Cain Benson, of Boston, and Bryan Lamar Brown, of Newport News, were also convicted April 17.

“We will remain steadfast in our fight against violent crime in Tidewater and are increasing our resources as we speak,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Wallace was the leader of a crew that brutally murdered Louis Joseph in his home in 2009. Today’s sentence reflects what happens to those commit heinous crimes of violence. This case is a quintessential example of law enforcement partnerships coming together to fight the scourge of drug violence. I want to thank the prosecutors who brought this matter to trial, the FBI, and the Newport News Police Department for their outstanding work on this difficult case.”

Court documents say Joseph was beaten and shot multiple times as he babysat a 5-year-old child at his home in the Denbigh area of Newport News.

According to the documents, Wallace recruited Benson, who traveled from Massachusetts to Virginia to help commit the drug robbery.

Investigators believe the men pried open the front storm door of the house, then kicked in the main front door, according to a criminal complaint.

Wallace waited in the car while the robbery took place, the release said.

Evidence suggests the men beat Joseph in the living room after they broke in, then shot him in the den. After being injured, Joseph dragged himself out to the back deck, the complaint states.

Brown was sentenced to 45 years in prison July 19. Benson was sentenced July 24 to life in prison for his role in the killing.


Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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