NEWPORT NEWS — A Williamsburg man was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison for his “leadership role” in a 2009 murder here.
Mark Xavier Wallace, 37, was convicted following a jury trial on April 17, along with co-defendants Joseph James Cain Benson, of Boston, and Bryan Lamar Brown, of Newport News.
Benson was sentenced to life in prison on July 24. Brown was sentenced to 45 years in prison on July 19.
According to court documents, Louis Joseph Jr. was beaten and shot multiple times at his home in the Denbigh area while he babysat a 5-year-old child.
Brown, Benson and Wallace planned to commit a home invasion of Joseph to steal money and drugs, federal prosecutors said.
Wallace organized the home invasion and recruited Benson and Brown.
Brown took Benson and Wallace to Joseph’s house and also supplied the two firearms to commit the crime.
After the murder, Brown drove the pair away from the scene. Shortly thereafter, Brown had the firearms used in the murder taken to New York City to be sold, prosecutors said.
“Unbeknownst to Brown, law enforcement had a court authorized wiretap and overheard Brown setting up the deal to get rid of the murder weapons,” prosecutors said in a news release.
“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 (Monday) sentence reflects what happens to those commit heinous crimes of violence…”