Nathaniel Hewitt was a seventeen year old from Virginia when he murdered his mother. According to court documents Nathaniel Hewitt would phone police that someone had just broken into his home and murdered his mother. Police would say the woman was badly beaten with a candle stick holder as well with a large vase and bitten several times. Nathaniel Hewitt was found to have eight hundred dollars on him which his mom was going to use to pay the rent. When at trial Nathaniel Hewitt would plead guilty to second degree murder in order to avoid a life sentence. However the Virginia judge would still give him the max sentencing the teen killer to 40 years for the murder plus five additional years for the weapon charge.
Nathaniel Hewitt 2020 Information
- Personal Information Nathaniel G Hewitt
- Age/Race/Sex 22/White/Male
- Offender I.D.#1755980
- Location Lawrenceville Correctional Center
- Release Date 02/07/2056
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Hewitt pleaded guilty in May to second-degree murder and using a weapon in a felony. On Friday, Newport News Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg gave him the maximum under law for the crimes — 40 years on the murder and five years on the weapons charge.
Shaw, a waitress, was beaten with a “large candlestick” and glass vase, with bite marks found on her forearm, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed with Hewitt’s May 2015 arrest warrants. The State Medical Examiner’s Office said she died of “blunt force impact to the left side of the head.”
Hewitt, who was 17 at the time, at first told police an “intruder” killed his mother.
Hewitt called police at 3:05 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2015, telling them he was asleep in his bedroom when he “heard noises downstairs,” the affidavit said. He told police he “came downstairs armed with a knife to find an unknown intruder in the house.”
Hewitt said he confronted the man, who “fled through the open back glass door.”
But police investigators, led by homicide detective Todd Filer, said they found Hewitt’s blood on a candlestick, vase and purse in a wooded area behind the home, the affidavit said. Though there was no money in the purse, police found $800 in a pair of Hewitt’s shorts, or close to the $850 rent payment Shaw was due to make two days later.
Prosecutors said Hewitt not only wanted his mother’s cash, but also blamed her for the fact that he “was still on probation” on prior charges — given that his mother would sometimes talk to his probation officer about him.
Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robin Farkas said that a few days before the killing, Hewitt wrote to his mother and “promised to stop doing drugs, promised to go to school every day and … to do a lot better.”
Under the May plea deal, Hewitt agreed to admit guilt in return for prosecutors reducing the first-degree murder charge — which carries a possible life prison sentence under law — to second-degree murder.
State sentencing guidelines — calculated by the probation office based on a defendant’s age, criminal background and other factors — called for between about 17 and 22 years behind bars. But those guidelines are discretionary on state judges.
Farkas urged Sugg to give Hewitt 45 years, the maximum under law and more than twice the upper end of the guidelines.
I think it was appropriate,” she said of the 45-year sentence, saying the facts of the case were “as bad as you can possibly be” for second-degree murder. “It’s at the top of any range that you could humanly conceive,” she said. She added that several strong “victim impact statements” were submitted to the court.
Hewitt’s defense lawyer, James O. Broccoletti, did not return a phone call Monday seeking comment.
Sugg took a recess of just under an hour before handing down the sentence. “He took a break to consider everything he heard,” Farkas said. “I think he was being careful, and he wanted to consider it and not just react to our arguments.”
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Stephanie Shaw was found dead in January, beaten to death with a candlestick. A Newport News grand jury indicted her 17-year-old son in her slaying this week.
Nathaniel G. Hewitt, of Hampton, is charged with murder in the Jan 11 homicide of Shaw. Shaw, 41, was found dead in her apartment on the 500 block of Logan Place. Shaw suffered wounds to her head and neck.
The grand jury indicted Hewitt on one count of first-degree murder and shooting/stabbing in the commission of a felony, according to court documents.
Hewitt called police at 3:05 a.m and told them an intruder had attacked his mother,” according to the probable cause statement filed in Newport News Circuit Court. Hewitt told police he was sleeping in his bedroom when he heard noises downstairs.
“He came downstairs armed with a knife to find an unknown intruder in the house,” Hewitt told police according to the probable cause statement. “He confronted the intruder, who fled through the open back glass door.”
Hewitt was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital to receive treatment for a cut on his hand, according to the statement. He was arrested and charged in his mother’s death May 5.
Hewitt’s blood was found on the candlestick, vase and his mother’s purse that was located behind the house in a wooded area. No money was found in Shaw’s purse. Police found over $800 in a pair of shorts in Hewitt’s room.
“$850 was due for January rent two days later,” the statement says.
Shaw was beaten with a large candltstick and a glass vase, according to court documents. Bitemarks were also found on her forearm.
Shaw’s autopsy report stated that she died from “blunt force impact to the left side of the head.”
Hewitt’s next hearing date is scheduled for November.
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