Commonwealth v. Ronnie Lesha Anderson; Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 30 Years for New Violent Sexual Assault Case

Commonwealth v. Ronnie Lesha Anderson; Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 30 Years for New Violent Sexual Assault Case
April 20, 2021

​Virginia Beach, Va. – Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Ronnie Anderson, age 27, formerly of the 5800 block of Northampton Boulevard in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for charges of Forcible Sodomy, Object Sexual Penetration, Robbery, Abduction w/ the Intent to Gain Pecuniary Benefit, Abduction, and Conspiracy. Judge Shockley sentenced Anderson to sixty (60) years in prison with thirty (30) years suspended, leaving thirty (30) years to serve.

Anderson pled guilty on November 19, 2019. Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that shortly after midnight on February 21, 2016, a woman returned to her hotel room at the Wingate Inn in Virginia Beach. Anderson approached her before she exited her vehicle and asked her for a cigarette and lighter. As she attempted to exit her car, he brandished a knife and stated, "We're gonna get something from you." His juvenile co-defendant, William Coston, approached the passenger side, opened the door, and emptied her purse.

Anderson forced her into the backseat. Both Anderson and Coston sexually assaulted her. Each time she attempted to escape, she was forced back inside. At various times, both defendants had knives displayed and threatened to hurt or kill her. Anderson punched the victim in the face and back and kneed her in the stomach. She sustained a cut on her leg. As she repeatedly begged them to stop, she said she would give them money. They made her drive to a nearby 7-Eleven. Once inside, she took increments of $100 out of the ATM machine as Coston stood by and Anderson remained in her car.

Coston apologized and told her Anderson made him do it. He also said that they were only supposed to rob her and it wasn't supposed to go that far. After handing Coston the money, she ran towards the employee office for help. She shut the door and called the police. Anderson and Coston were located at a nearby hotel room and both knives were recovered from a street storm drain. During an interview with detectives, Anderson initially denied involvement, then admitted to his involvement.

On February 14, 2017, Coston pled guilty to charges of Robbery, Object Sexual Penetration, Forcible Sodomy, Abduction, and Conspiracy. He was a juvenile at the time of offense but his case was certified to the Circuit Court for trial as an adult. He was sentenced to fifty (50) years with forty (40) years suspended, leaving ten (10) years to serve.

Anderson has prior convictions for Grand Theft Auto and Aggravated Sexual Battery – Victim Under Age 13. He was on probation for Aggravated Sexual Battery at the time of these new offenses in 2016, and therefore received an additional one (1) year and six (6) months to serve today.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tabitha B. Anderson and Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney S. Mario Lorello prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.