NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A judge has sentenced Tarek Cherry, the man convicted in the 2009 shooting death of a Maury High School student, to life in prison.
Tarek Zaquan Cherry, then 17, shot and killed 17-year-old Charles Humphrey in January 2009 in Norfolk's Park Place neighborhood.
Humphrey was an athlete at Maury High School.
Cherry was charged with one count of first degree murder, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and two charges relating to discharging a firearm from a vehicle, according to Amanda Howie with the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
Cherry was originally charged with Humphrey's murder immediately following the offense. However, prosecutors withdrew the charges six months after the shooting due to a lack of evidence.
In January 2011, the case was presented again to a grand jury which indicted Cherry on the charges related to Humphrey's murder. A jury found Cherry guilty of all charges in Nov.
Cherry is currently serving a 20-year sentence for robbing a man at gunpoint in August of 2009. In that case, he was convicted of attempted murder, robbery, and two counts of use of a firearm.
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