Leesburg Man to Serve 3 Years in Death of Housemate

Joseph E. Lucio, the Leesburg man who pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of his housemate, will serve 3 years in prison.

Lucio was sentenced in Loudoun County Circuit Court on July 26 to 10 years in prison, with seven years suspended, followed by three years of supervised probation and 120 hours of community service.

The incident happened April 7, 2020. At about 4 a.m. that day, Leesburg Police officers were called to a home in the Fox Chapel neighborhood off Fort Evans Road SE for a report of a man in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, the officers found Joel Rodriguez-Quezada, 48, with apparent trauma to his face and head. He died at the scene.

Detectives determined Lucio, then 20, and Rodriguez-Quezada were involved in a physical altercation that night. According to the April 2020 complaint, Lucio admitted to punching Rodriguez-Quezada in the face “several times” and biting his ear before leaving him lying on the living room floor and going to bed.

Lucio was initially charged with first-degree murder, which carries a punishment of 20 years to life in prison, but county prosecutors in October agreed to reduce that charge to second-degree murder, which carries a punishment of five to 40 years in prison. 

Lucio has been held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center since April last year. 

10 thoughts on “Leesburg Man to Serve 3 Years in Death of Housemate

  • 2021-07-27 at 12:56 pm
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    Buta “Tough on Crime” Biberaj strikes again.

    One person violently ends another person’s life and the punishment is measured in dozens of months.

    This is truly sickening. The people of Loudoun and the victims of crime deserve better.

  • 2021-07-27 at 3:28 pm
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    Bludgeon somebody to death, and then stretch out for some Z time. 3 years? He’ll be out in 18 months. The value of life in today’s Loudoun County.

    Most criminals aren’t dumb. They talk. They read the news. Word spreads. “Go on out to rich and fertile Loudoun County… do anything you want. They won’t hammer you. The local prosecutor is on our side!”

  • 2021-07-27 at 3:44 pm
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    The criminal admitted to beating an older man to death in their shared home. And he gets three years for murder? Does the CA actually believe in the criminal justice system? Who came up with a 3 year sentence for a violent act of murder? What kind of world does the Commonwealth Attorney envision for the good folks of Loudoun County, Virginia?

  • 2021-07-27 at 4:42 pm
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    When you vote Democrats into the Commonwealth’s Attorney office, this is the kind of “justice” you get. A vote for Democrats is a vote for criminals.

  • 2021-07-27 at 8:34 pm
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    The prosecutor’a made a deal for 3 years probation and community service. I really hope this murderers community service doesn’t put other people at the risk of losing their lives too. Unbelievable! Why does Judge Fisher participate in this injustice? These people need to be replaced.

  • 2021-07-28 at 10:35 am
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    Hey David,
    For the record, I am a moderate Republican and I can assure you that many of my Democratic leaning friends do not agree with this extreme “social justice” agenda.

    • 2021-07-28 at 2:02 pm
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      I’d read that the MAJORITY of Democrats don’t agree with their own party but they are so afraid of being cancelled themselves if they speak out that they keep their mouths shut. How did we get to the point where the thug elements of the Democrat Party are dictating how the other 90% of America lives?

  • 2021-07-28 at 11:19 am
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    How can you say she’s not tough on crime. He has to do 120 hours of community service.

  • 2021-07-28 at 1:58 pm
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    Seems many want to see politics…and only politics in this case. Many of these same folks will tell you the January 6th event at the Capitol was just some neighborly tourists who got a bit rowdy. Thankfully that crowd isn’t weighing evidence and administering justice.

  • 2021-07-29 at 5:59 pm
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    I challenge anyone to defend the the CA’s actions in this case.

    One man takes another’s man’s life and is sentenced to thirty six months.

    Go ahead, let’s hear all about fairness and justice…

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