Virginia Beach man to spend 16 years in prison for shooting three juveniles

Javante Darquese Johnson was sentenced on Dec. 19 to 28 years in prison with 12 years suspended by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge William R. O'Brien.
Javante Darquese Johnson was sentenced on Dec. 19 to 28 years in prison with 12 years suspended by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien.

A 22-year-old Virginia Beach man will spend 16 years in prison for shooting three juveniles in 2015.

Javante Darquese Johnson, of the 900 block of Duck Pond Drive, was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison with 12 years suspended, by Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge William R. O’Brien.

Johnson pleaded guilty on Aug. 1 to possession of a firearm by a felon, three counts of malicious wounding and three counts of use of a firearm, according to a Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney news release.

Police say Johnson shot three juveniles who had just finished playing a game of basketball in the Pecan Gardens neighborhood on April 27, 2015.

The children were standing in a circle talking when Johnson walked past them. They exchanged words with Johnson and someone in the group told him to “keep walking.”

Johnson fired a handgun into the group, shooting between four and six bullets and injuring three of the juveniles. One was wounded in the chest and arm, another was wounded in the elbow and the third was wounded in the leg, according to the release.

Johnson was arrested on May 5, 2015. Police searched his bedroom and found a 9-millimeter glock magazine with seven bullets in it, .38-caliber ammunition and two fired casings.

Police didn’t find bullet casings at the scene of the crime. Witnesses told police that the gun used in the shooting was likely a revolver that would not have ejected casings, the release states.

In the past Johnson has also be convicted of grand larceny; destruction of property; burglary; possession of burglary tools; petit larceny; obstruction of justice; assault; and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Always be informed. Get the latest news and information delivered to your inbox

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
SHARE
Previous articleSallie H. Copenhaver, 80, member of the Red Hat Society
Next articleModel train set connects family across four generations
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.