Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys

The Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys, or Prosecutors, in the Suffolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office are a diverse group of men and women and truly a reflection of our community.

Vaughn T. Breedlove


Vaughn T. Breedlove is a member of the General District Team. Vaughn received his degree of Bachelor of City Planning in 1992 as a graduate of The University of Virginia, School of Architecture. Vaughn received his degree of Juris Doctor in 2000 as a graduate of The University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law. Additionally, Vaughn is responsible for the Habitual Offender Restoration Division of the Suffolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. Vaughn is a former Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Portsmouth. Vaughn is an Adjunct Professor at Tidewater Community College and Hampton University. In his spare time, Vaughn enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Email Vaughn Breedlove
 

George W. Bruch


George W. Bruch is a member of the General District Team. George is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University and Regent University School of Law. George comes to the Suffolk Commonwealth's Attorney's office after having served as a Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney in Southampton County. Prior to his admission to the bar George was a member of the Virginia Beach Police department where he spent over eight years as a patrol officer and Detective. As a retired Master Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, George served in the submarine, aviation and surface warfare communities, leading to his retirement from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of distinguished service. In his spare time George serves as an Adjunct Law Professor, teaching; Trial Practice, Criminal Law and Will, Trusts and Estates at Regent University School of Law, additionally George serves as a presenter for various Commonwealth Attorney’s Services Counsel training, to include DUID training and the Executive Program. George and his wife Terri are also very active in their local Hampton Roads charitable organizations raising funds and providing assistance to those in need. George's hobbies are foreign languages, boating, motorcycles, but mostly spending time with his family and grandchildren. Email George Bruch
 

Carmen T. Cabrero


Carmen T. Cabrero is a member of the General District Court Team. Carmen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University, graduating cum laude with a degree in Government and International Politics. She received her Juris Doctorate from Regent University, also graduating cum laude. Carmen is a career prosecutor and started as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Emporia/Greensville County. She later joined the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, where she became a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney specializing in violent crime, drug, and gang prosecution. In her spare time, Carmen enjoys spoiling her dogs, playing softball, and watching professional football.  Email Carmen T. Cabrero

Derek A. Colvin


Derek A. Colvin is a member of the General District Court team. Derek is a graduate of Old Dominion University and received his law degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. Derek has substantial experience in the prosecution of violent crime; including, homicide, robbery, drug distribution and sexual assaults. Derek is active in his community and enjoys spending his free time on home construction projects and golfing with friends. Email Derek Colvin
 

Heather Emmert


Heather Emmert is a member of the General District Team. Heather is a 1991 cum laude graduate of James Madison University and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law in 1994. Heather has over 22 years of prosecutorial experience in various areas including homicide, robbery, sexual offenses, theft and traffic offenses. Email Heather Emmert
 

Almetia Fields Hardman


Almetia Fields Hardman is a member of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team. Almetia is a graduate of Princeton University where she majored in Politics. She received her Juris Doctor Degree from The University of Michigan Law School. Formerly, Almetia served as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Cities of Portsmouth and Newport News. She began her prosecutorial career in the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 1995. Almetia has handled a wide range of criminal cases, with a particular focus on the prosecution of violent crimes. Almetia enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her daughter.  Email Almetia Fields Hardman
 

F. Jefferson James


F. Jefferson James is a member of the General District Team. Jeff is a 1978 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and received his law degree from the University of Richmond in 1981. Jeff has been an attorney for 34 years. His areas of expertise are arson, violent crimes, and serious vehicular crimes. Jeff is active in the community. He has coached Little League Baseball, has been a VHSL high school football official for 27 years. He also officiated in the NCAA. He is a Life Member of the Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue Squad. He is a past president of the Suffolk Bar Association and a member of the Suffolk Ruritan Club. He is also a member of Lawyers Helping Lawyers through the Virginia State Bar. His hobbies are exercise, reading, and being with his 3 children. Email F. Jefferson James
 

Narendra Pleas


Narendra Pleas serves as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney on the General District Team. Prior to joining the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Narendra previously worked as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Sussex County as well as the City of Emporia/Greensville County, Virginia. Narendra received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from Agnes Scott College. Email Narendra Pleas
 

Thomas Shaia


Thomas Shaia is a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and, along with Matthew Glassman, is a supervisor for General District Court. He began working for this office in February, 2016. Tom graduated from George Mason University in 1985 and from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1988. Tom has been a prosecutor since 1988. He started working for the City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and stayed there until 1993. In 1994, he began working for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Henrico County and stayed until 2002. In 2002, Tom was appointed as the Chief Prosecutor for the Attorney General of Virginia Financial Crime Intelligence Center. Tom along with others started the program and he stayed in the office until 2004. In 2004, Tom began working for the County of Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, was appointed Deputy in 2006, and stayed there until 2016. Tom is an avid teacher and lecturer, has lectured on many topics including Ethics, Money Laundering, Racketeering, Search and Seizure, and assists in teaching the Top Gun program and is a director for the Gangbusters program for prosecutors and law enforcement in Virginia. Tom was honored with the Warren Von Schuch Award for Distinguished Prosecutor by the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association in 2010. Email Thomas Shaia
 

T. George Underwood


T. George Underwood is a member of the Juvenile Court Team. T. George received his Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts Degree with a triple major in Political Science, French and German from Hampden-Sydney College in 1992. His education includes attendance at the University of Vienna, Austria and high school in Belgium. T. George is a former Senior Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Portsmouth and has 18 years as an advocate for children in the court system as a Guardian ad litem. Outside of work, T. George has a passion for historic renovations, jazz music, kayaking, camping and Disney with his family.  Email T. George Underwood
 

T. Marie Walls


T. Marie Walls serves as Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney on the Juvenile Team. Marie is a 1990 graduate of Christopher Newport University where she was on the National Dean's List and President's List and received a degree in Psychology, with Honors. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor Degree, with Honors. Marie is a former staff attorney with the Peninsula Legal Aid Center, Executive Director of the CHKD Child Abuse Program, and a Henrico County Prosecutor. In addition, she is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at the William & Mary School of Law and has instructed Continuing Legal Education courses on evidence, housing law, and domestic violence. Marie is also a former faculty member of the Finding Words Virginia Program. Marie handles a broad range of criminal cases, with particular emphasis on sexual assault and child abuse cases. Marie is a Board Member of Prevent Child Abuse-Hampton Roads and a Board Member of Community Criminal Justice Board for the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Marie also serves as a faculty member for the National Advocacy Center, a centralized training center of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and the U.S. Department of Justice, specializing in training prosecutors. Email T. Marie Walls
 

Susan H. Walton


Susan H. Walton received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and her Law Degree from George Mason University, where she played NCAA Division I basketball and was team captain her senior year. Before joining the City of Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2000, she was a former Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Campbell County for seven years. Susan is a member of the General District Team, is assigned to the gang task force, prosecutes animal cruelty cases and is an instructor for the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. In 2012, Susan was recognized as one of the nation’s Top Ten Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She currently holds the position of Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Suffolk Humane Society. Susan has run numerous marathons, including the 100th running of the Boston Marathon and is an avid surfer. She coaches youth basketball, baseball, is a college Soccer official, but especially likes to spend time with her family.  Email Susan Walton
 

Kara M. Webber


Kara M. Webber is part of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team where she predominately handles domestic violence cases. Kara graduated from the University of Arizona in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, with distinction. She graduated from the Regent University School of Law in 2011 where she received her Juris Doctor, with distinction. Her educational experience includes studying at the University of Oslo in Norway which catapulted her towards pursuing her law degree. Kara is a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth where she handled all types of cases and had a Career Prosecutor designation from the State. Kara enjoys playing sports, reading, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.  Email Kara Webber
 

André D. Wiggins


André D. Wiggins is a member of the General District Team. André received his Bachelor’s degree from Emory University, a Master’s degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse, and his Juris Doctor in 2000 from Wake Forest University School of Law. Before obtaining his law degree, André worked for various government and international organizations in Central and South America. André is also a former Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Portsmouth and has prosecutorial experience in various areas including homicide, robbery, and narcotics cases. In his spare time, André enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Email André D. Wiggins