CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A 25-year-old Virginia man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing his father and wounding his brother in a shooting at their home in 2018.
Tevin Smith entered his plea to first-degree murder, malicious wounding and a firearm charge in Chesapeake Circuit Court, news outlets reported. He could face up to life in prison when sentenced.
Authorities were called to the home Tevin Smith shared with his family after midnight in September 2018. First responders found Anthony Smith, 55, dead at the scene from a gunshot wound to his head and another victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his face, according to Chesapeake police.
Tevin Smith had been arguing with his father about a missing cellphone, among other things, and told Anthony Smith he was “tired of people telling him to listen,” according to prosecutors’ court filings. When Anthony Smith asked what would make him happy, Tevin Smith replied, “I didn’t plan to live past 24 years old,” court documents said.
Tevin Smith then shot at his father and brother before running from the home, police said. He was arrested hours later.
His brother was taken to a hospital in serious condition and treated for his injuries, news outlets reported.
Tevin Smith’s next court appearance was set for June.