Shooter sentenced to more than 27 years in Virginia Beach drug deal turned murder

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Jon’nathan Miller, 20, will spend more than 27 years in prison for murdering Devin Sir Wallie Lowery during a May 2, 2016 drug deal gone wrong. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Department)
Jon’nathan Miller, 20, will spend more than 27 years in prison for murdering Devin Sir Wallie Lowery during a May 2, 2016 drug deal gone wrong. (Courtesy the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A Chesapeake man was sentenced to more than 27 years behind bars for murdering a 23-year-old Virginia Beach man during a drug deal gone wrong.

On Nov. 2, Jon’nathan Kiondre Miller, 20, formerly of the 2500 block of Lamp Post Court, 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.

Miller was sentenced to 43 years in prison with 16 years and five months suspended on Wednesday by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley.

The shooting happened on May 2, 2016, just after midnight. Miller and two others 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 pay for the drugs 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 over the marijuana, Miller shot him three times – in the chest, back and above his left eye.

The office of the Chief Medical Examiner later took a bullet from Lowery’s 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, they also found a counterfeit money pen, a cell phone and bullet shell casings.

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