Convicted in August after a jury trial in the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court, Michael Alan Webb was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday following a contentious hearing.
Webb, 36, of James City County, was tried and convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his mother, Edna Webb, in May 2017.
At a brief hearing before sentencing, Webb’s attorney Brandon Waltrip requested the judge consider a pre-sentencing review of Webb’s competency.
Waltrip argued Webb disagrees with factual statements of events and evidence and should be re-evaluated.
When Judge Michael McGinty denied the request, citing evidence from the trial that indicated Webb had been restored to competency at Central State Hospital, Waltrip pushed back.
“Central State is the only place that just said he’s got a bad attitude,” Waltrip said. Other hospitals had found Webb to have a mental illness.
In August 2017, Webb had been ordered to be restored to competency, according to court records. He was later found to be competent.
When Webb is confronted with logical, clear evidence, Waltrip said, he resorts to conspiracy theories.
At 2:01 p.m., Webb entered the courtroom in an orange Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail jumpsuit and sat beside Waltrip.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Nate Green asked McGinty to impose a life sentence on Webb for the murder.
Then Waltrip asked McGinty if Webb could speak for himself before the sentence was handed down. McGinty approved the request, Waltrip sat down and Webb rose from his chair.
Webb began a rant that lasted nearly 10 minutes with two noticeable breaks for breath. He accused everyone involved in the case of violating his constitutional rights, including the police and the judicial system.
“I’m going to ask for a judgement of acquittal,” Webb said at one moment.
After Webb finished, McGinty rebutted Webb’s accusations and told him everything he brought up had been litigated in the trial. Then McGinty took the recommendation of the jury who convicted Webb and sentenced him to life in prison.
As McGinty handed down the sentence, Webb interjected at every possible moment.
“I’m a little disappointed. I hoped you’d see a little glimmer of truth,” Webb said to McGinty before turning somewhat to those in the audience. “No one be fooled, he’s not a real judge.”
After the sentencing hearing, Waltrip said he intends to stay on for an upcoming appeal of the conviction. Waltrip took over as Webb’s legal counsel for sentencing.
Webb was charged in May 2017 with the murder of his mother after James City County police tied a pair of his blood-stained pants to a pair he wore when he stopped at a 7-Eleven convenience store hours before his mother’s body was found, according to the court documents. Two people, unidentified in the criminal complaint, told police Webb had the motive to kill his mother and had previously made threats to kill her and bury her body.
Webb was indicted for the crime by a grand jury in the circuit court on Jan. 17, 2018, according to court documents.
Webb’s mother, a James City County resident, was found dead by blunt force trauma, according to court records. Her body was found in fresh clothes, bound at the wrists and ankles. Her head was wrapped in a plastic bag and her body was wrapped tightly in a white blanket in her own kitchen. Cleaning products were scattered around the kitchen, according to court records.
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