VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach man will spend two life terms behind bars forthe murders of Brenda Burnett and James Vass in November 2007.
A judge upheld the jury's recommendation and sentenced JeromeUsher to two life terms Tuesday in Virginia Beach CircuitCourt.
According to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, evidenceproved that on November 4, 2007, Usher parked outside a home onPollypine Drive in Virginia Beach where he thought hisex-girlfriend, Brenda Burnett was staying. After a couple hours,Ms. Burnett arrived at the home with James Vass. That's when,according to the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, a domesticdispute escalated into a deadly stabbing. Mr. Vass was stabbed oncein the back with a six-inch hunting knife. Mrs. Burnett was fatallystabbed 10 times with the same knife.
Usher had a lengthy prior record, according to theCommonwealth's Attorney's Office. That record includes, use of afirearm and maiming in Newport News in 1997; grand larceny inNorfolk in 1998; possession of a weapon by a felon, among othercharges.
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