Man sentenced to life plus 13 years for 2013 murder

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A Virginia Beach man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2013 murder of a 20 year old.

Virginia Beach Circuit Court Photo by Adrienne Mayfield
Virginia Beach Circuit Court
Photo by Adrienne Mayfield

Jordan Diangelo Champion, 23, pleaded guilty on April 12 to shooting and killing Kristopher Lee in the Level Green neighborhood on Oct. 29, 2013, according to a news release from the office of the city’s Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Lee’s girlfriend asked him to meet her in the neighborhood, although she never came to the location, said Macie Allen, public information officer for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

Champion was sentenced to life in prison plus 13 years on Monday by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr. The sentence exceeded the 32 years and six months recommended by the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines, the release states.

Another man, Dau-Shawn Newton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder on May 2. He was sentenced to six years and five months in prison, according to the release.

Champion and Newton were friends of the victim’s girlfriend. Witnesses saw Newton on the phone near the murder scene before the shooting and getting into a station wagon driven by a third man, the release states.

Champion, who discarded the gun and his jacket after the shooting, fled the scene in the same car. Police found the gun and jacket on Oct. 30, 2013, according to the release.

The driver of the car was identified, but wasn’t charged because of insufficient evidence, Allen said.

 

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.