Chesapeake man pleads guilty to murder of Virginia Beach drug dealer

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A Chesapeake man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a 23-year-old Virginia Beach man during a drug deal gone wrong.

Jon’nathan Miller, 20 pleaded guilty on Nov. 2 to murdering Devin Sir Wallie Lowery during a May 2 drug deal gone wrong. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Department)

Jon’nathan Miller, 20 pleaded guilty on Nov. 2 to murdering Devin Sir Wallie Lowery during a May 2 drug deal gone wrong. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

Jon’nathan Kiondre Miller, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection to the shooting death of Devin Sir Wallie Lowery.

The shooting happened just after midnight on May 2, when Miller and two other people tried to buy marijuana from Lowery in the parking lot of his apartment complex, located on the 4500 block of Shallowford Circle, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

Miller tried to buy the marijuana from Lowery using counterfeit money, but Lowery had a counterfeit marker pen with him and checked the cash. Miller pulled out a .380-caliber gun and demanded the drugs. When Lowery wouldn’t hand the marijuana over, Miller shot him three times.

Lowery was shot in the chest and back, and a bullet grazed him above his left eye. The office of the Chief Medical Examiner later took a bullet from his abdomen that matched Miller’s gun, court documents state.

Police found Lowery’s body in the apartment complex parking lot in the early morning hours of May 2. Near his body, police also found the counterfeit money pen, a cell phone and bullet shell casings.

A series of text messages in Lowery’s phone led police to investigate Miller, who was arrested on May 9.

Miller initially denied any involvement in Lowery’s death, but eventually admitted to accidentally shooting Lowery while trying to rob him of the marijuana, according to court documents.

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on Feb. 8, 2017.

Mayfield can be reached by phone at 352-431-9612.

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