Deputy-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 Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney over one 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

    

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

Donald R. Gayle

Donald R. Gayle (Donnie) is a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney over the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team. Donnie graduated from the College of Charleston in 2008 with a B.S. in International Business. He graduated from the Regent University School of Law in 2014 where he received his Juris Doctor. His first attorney position was as an associate attorney at a midsize Virginia Beach Law Firm, mainly practicing insurance defense. Prior to joining the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Donnie served the City of Norfolk first as an Assistant Public Defender then as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Outside of work, Donnie enjoys spending time with his family. Email Donald R. Gayle


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

 

Edward W. Ferreira

Edward W. Ferreira is a member of the General District Court Team. Edward received his Bachelor's Degree from Old Dominion University and graduated from Syracuse University's College of Law in 2000. He is a former Deputy Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Portsmouth and has substantial experience in prosecuting violent crimes and drug distribution cases. Edward enjoys spending time with his daughter and coaching her basketball and soccer teams. Email Edward W. Ferreira


Almetia Hardman

Almetia Hardman is a member of the General District Court 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. Almetia has served as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Cities of Portsmouth, Newport News and Norfolk and she began her prosecutorial career in the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. 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 family and pet cavapoo. Email Almetia 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


Kylene M. Lovell

Kylene M. Lovell is a member of the General District Court Team. Kylene graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She graduated from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law where she received her Juris Doctor. Kylene is a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Norfolk where she prosecuted all types of crimes, and for the City of Newport News, where she prosecuted primarily narcotics, firearms, and gang crimes. Kylene enjoys sightseeing with her retired racing greyhound, gardening, and reading. Email Kylene M. Lovell

 

Sean C. Mitchell

Sean C. Mitchell joined the Suffolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Office in April 2021 and is a member of the General District Team. In 1998, Sean graduated from Old Dominion University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with emphases in Criminal Justice and Sociology. His pre-law experience consists of working as a crime victims’ advocate, Senior U.S. Probation Officer, and investigator for the Federal Public Defender. In December 2015, Sean graduated from Regent University School of Law. His first attorney positions was as a public defender for the cities of Newport News and Virginia Beach. Prior to joining the Suffolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Sean worked as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach. Email Sean C. Mitchell

 

Rhonda Spady

Rhonda Spady is a member of the General District Team. She was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the city of Norfolk where she prosecuted Violent Crimes including those of Gang Violence. She has also been a prosecutor in the offices of: Portsmouth, VA- Albemarle County, Richmond, VA and Hampton, VA with a total of 12 years as a prosecutor. However, she has a total of 27 years as an attorney. She enjoyed mentoring elementary youth in the City of Richmond, VA. She was also an Adjunct Professor for the faculties of Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University. She enjoys gardening, DIY Projects and spending time with family and friends. ;Email Rhonda Spady


Susan H. Walton

Susan H. Walton is a Deputy of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Team. She 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 Juvenile & Domestic Relations 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 a member of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team. 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


Lily I. Wilder

Lily I. Wilder is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team. Lily graduated from California State University – Sacramento with a B.A. in Government. She graduated from Regent University School of Law in 2016. After graduating from law school, Lily was a Magistrate for the City of Norfolk. Prior to joining Suffolk Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, she worked as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Norfolk where she served on the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Team and later worked at the Norfolk Family Justice Center where she was able to work closely with various agencies to provide services to sexual assault and domestic assault victims. In her free time, Lily enjoys cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with her husband and their two miniature poodles. Email Lily I. Wilder