A Woodstock man and three acquaintances each face up to life in prison for their roles in a botched robbery attempt and murder of Fabian Sosa in Warrenton in January.
Jaden Lawrence Staples, 19, of Woodstock, appeared in Fauquier County Circuit Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. A conviction of first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, carries a punishment of 20 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
In four separate hearings, Judge James E. Plowman Jr. found Staples, Emily Michele Race, Antonio Nehmaia Ogburn, and Alexander Jonathan Golden guilty of first-degree murder and other charges.
Fauquier County Senior Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles K. Peters did not return a call for comment Friday.
Staples faces sentencing on the two felonies at a hearing on Feb. 16 at which time the court intends to check the status of his remaining charges of aggravated malicious wounding and robbery of a residence with a firearm.
Staples’ co-defendants also appeared in court Thursday:
Golden, 19, of Southfield, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. The court set Golden’s sentencing on the two felonies for Feb. 2. The court also set a status hearing for Golden’s remaining charges – attempted robbery with a firearm, robbery of a residence with a firearm, and two counts of aggravated malicious wounding – for the same date.
Race, 20, of Warrenton, pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. She faces sentencing at a hearing set for Feb. 2.
Ogburn, 19, of Detroit, pleaded guilty to one count each of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. Ogburn faces sentencing on the charges at a hearing Feb. 16. The court set a status hearing on the same date for Ogburn’s remaining charges – one count each of attempted robbery of a residence, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two counts of aggravated malicious wounding.
A grand jury handed up indictments on July 27 that accused each of the four co-defendants with their involvement in the attempted robbery and murder of Sosa, who lived in Warrenton.
The prosecution agreed to drop some of the charges against the four defendants in exchange for their guilty pleas.
Makoya Samon Denham, 21, of Oak Park, Michigan, stands charged with second-degree murder and accessory after the fact to a homicide. Denham is scheduled to appear for the preliminary hearing in Fauquier County General District Court on Dec. 9 where a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to certify her charges to a grand jury.
Jonathan Terrell Tucker, 20, of Woodstock, stands charged with accessory to murder after the fact and also faces a preliminary hearing in the court on Dec. 9.
Fauquier County prosecutors have said that in the early morning hours of Jan. 8, Race and three of her roommates traveled from a townhouse in Woodstock to Warrenton with the intent to rob the men who lived in an apartment in town.
Race lived with Miguel Sosa, Fabian Sosa’s brother and roommate, at the Warrenton apartment for about a month and she knew that Miguel Sosa kept large amounts of cash, the victim’s brother said at the preliminary hearing in Fauquier County General District Court in June. Witness testimony indicated that Race also spent time at the Woodstock townhouse where she had met the other co-defendants.
Miguel Sosa told the court that Race stayed at the apartment for a month, slept on a couch, paid him $400 and then left. Miguel Sosa said he and Race stayed in touch, occasionally messaging each other on Snapchat. He said Race messaged him on Jan. 7 and asked if he wanted to hang out and the two made plans for her to come over that evening.