The woman was called evil more than once on Monday and described as the orchestrator of a robbery attempt that began in Woodstock and resulted in the death of one person and the injury of two others in Warrenton last year.
Emily Race, 20, was sentenced in Fauquier County Circuit Court by Judge James E. Plowman to life in prison on the charge of first-degree murder.
She was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery. Both sentences are to run consecutively. Her total sentence is outside the sentencing recommendations of 23 years to 39 years in prison.
Race had previously pleaded guilty to the charges in October that stem from the death of Fabian Sosa, 27, the blindness of his brother Miguel Sosa, 24, and injury to a roommate in January 2020.
The victims were shot after Race organized a visit to their apartment on Jackson Street in Warrenton, where she lived about a month and a half before the incident, on the evening of Jan. 7 and early morning hours of Jan. 8 in 2020, according to testimony and the prosecution in the case.
Race had moved out of the apartment and into an apartment on Robbins Way in Woodstock, where Jordan Staples, 19, was living, according to the prosecution and court documents.
She shared information about drugs and money in her old apartment and arranged for a Luray resident she met on the Tinder dating app to drive Staples, Antonio Ogburn, 19, and Alexander Golden, 19, to the Warrenton location from the Woodstock apartment the night of the incident, according to testimony and court documents.
Ogburn, who is from Detroit, is cousins with Staples, who along with Golden is also from Michigan, according to testimony and court documents.
After being let into the apartment around 3 a.m. on Jan. 8 by Miguel Sosa, she unlocked the door and texted to Staples, Ogburn and Golden to come in, according to testimony and the prosecution.
Staples headed for Miguel Sosa, who said he didn’t have any money on him. He was then shot in the head and body, according to his testimony.
Ogburn headed for the bedrooms and shot Fabian Sosa in the back while he was in bed, according to testimony. Golden pointed a BB gun at the third roommate, who ended up being shot by a real firearm before the incident ended, according to testimony.
The four left and police eventually caught up with and arrested them last year, according to the prosecution and court documents.
The planning included meeting up at a fast-food restaurant to discuss the robbery attempt, and committing an unreported robbery in Woodstock in December 2019 to obtain the two real guns used in the event, according to the prosecution and court documents.
Miguel Sosa ended up having one of his eyes removed and is now blind in the other, affecting him and his family in several ways as he tries to attend school to adapt to his new way of living, he testified on Monday.
“There’s no doubt, she’s evil,” Miguel Sosa told the court Monday about Race. “That’s for sure.”
His father, who testified he lost his father and sold his business in Argentina to move closer to his ex-wife to help provide for their son following the incident, shared a similar sentiment.
“I can’t understand it,” said the father in his testimony, who added Race is the most evil person he has ever come into contact with.
The mother of the two Sosa brothers, in her testimony, described the difficulties and months-long recovery of her surviving son that involved him learning how to walk again. She also talked about the kindness of Fabian Sosa, a Strasburg High School graduate.
Hell “wouldn’t be enough” for the person that planned what happened, their mother said.
“That’s all on her shoulders,” said Fauquier County Commonwealth Attorney Scott Hook during the hearing about Race planning it all.
Race, represented by attorney Blair Howard, of Warrenton, struggled to speak and appeared to fight back tears when she stated she accepted responsibility for her actions before receiving the sentence.
Howard, through the testimony of Race’s mother and former boss at a fast food restaurant, argued Race had an issue with marijuana that lead to unclear thinking by her. Howard asked the judge not to throw her on the pile of the co-defendants, some of whom had also received lifetime sentences.
Plowman said before issuing the sentence his mind was not made up prior to the hearing, he had to weigh what was fair to the victims and Race and she could’ve said no at any point in the events leading up to the fatal incident.
“You were a leader and you orchestrated this,” Plowman said.
Golden was also sentenced on Monday to 68 years after previously pleading guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery. Staples and Ogburn were previously sentenced in February to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery charges. Ogburn’s attorney has filed a notice to appeal the sentencing of his client to the state’s Supreme Court.
Two others, who are around the same age as the defendants, were charged in the incident. Makoya Denham, of Oak Park, Michigan, had her accessory after the fact charge nolle prosequi - which means the prosecution plans to no longer pursue it - in Fauquier County General District court.
Terrell Jonathan Tucker, of Woodstock, is due in Fauquier County General District Court later this month for his accessory after the fact charge.
Correction: The story has been updated with the correct spelling of Fabian Sosa's name.