Authorities reported a 22-year-old man will serve a 30-year sentence for fatally shooting a man during a verbal altercation in a Virginia Beach 7-Eleven parking lot in 2019.
Malik Brown, have been formally sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison on charges of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon and received a five-year sentence, bringing the total sentence to 30 years.
Brown was convicted in February after a three-day jury trial. The jury recommended a 25-year sentence.
In Monday news release, the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said Brown shot Jones as he drove out of the parking lot. Jone collapsed to the ground and was reportedly rushed to Virginia Beach General Hospital where he died the next day.
After the shooting incident, Brown threw the gun off the Campostella Bridge and fled the area with his girlfriend. He was reportedly found later that same day and arrested in Waverly.
The commonwealth’s attorney’s office stated that Brown also has prior convictions for robbery, malicious wounding, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.