Man sentenced to three life terms in prison for 2015 Cheetahs Gentleman’s Club murder

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Raiquan Lamont Turner, 21, was sentenced to more than three lifetimes in prison on March 9, 2017 for robbing and killing Paul Abbey outside of Cheetah's Gentleman's Club on May 29, 2015. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Raiquan Lamont Turner, 21, was sentenced to more than three lifetimes in prison on March 9, 2017 for robbing and killing Paul Abbey outside of Cheetahs Gentleman’s Club on May 29, 2015. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A 21-year-old Hampton man was sentenced to more than three lifetimes in prison after he was convicted of robbing and murdering a man outside of a Virginia Beach strip club in 2015.

Raiquan Lamont Turner, of the 800 block of Downing Street, was sentenced to three lifetimes in prison plus 18 years Thursday by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis.

The sentencing was in line with a jury’s recommendation after a four-day jury trial in which Turner was convicted of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery, two counts of use of a firearm and conspiracy.

On May 29, 2015, Turner shot and killed Paul Abbey while robbing him outside of Cheetahs Gentleman’s Club, located at 1808 Diamond Springs Road, according to a Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney news release.

Abbey and a friend were at the club to celebrate the friend’s birthday. They’d run into Turner, his co-conspirator Keith Mitchell, an unnamed co-defendant and a woman outside of RC’s Showgirls Gentlemen’s Club & Lounge earlier in the evening, before having drinks with the group at Cheetahs.

As Turner’s group was leaving Cheetahs, the unnamed co-defendant said he wanted to rob someone for money. Turner agreed, although Mitchell and the woman said they didn’t want to be part of it, the release states.

Turner and the unnamed man robbed Abbey and his friend as they were leaving the club, while Mitchell waited in the car. A bullet grazed Abbey’s friend’s head and Abbey was shot in the back of the neck and died at the scene.

Turner and his co-conspirator robbed the man and ran to the car. Mitchell drove the pair away from the scene.

Mitchell pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. He will be sentenced on May 22 and the second co-defendant is scheduled for trial on May 21.

Turner is already serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder in aid of racketeering activity and discharge a firearm during a crime of violence.

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