VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The suspect in a 2012 non-fatal shooting near Lincoln Military Housing was sentenced Tuesday.
Macie Pridgen with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office said James Willie Hawkins, 46, of Virginia Beach was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick on charges of malicious wounding, abduction, two counts of conspiracy and use of a firearm.
A jury found Hawkins guilty of the charges Jan. 9 and recommended 43 years in prison. Judge Padrick imposed the jury's sentence and ordered Hawkins serve the two conspiracy sentences concurrently. He will serve a total of 36 years.
In June 2012, Hawkins and his wife had been separated and living apart for about nine months. He learned a man had been visiting his wife's home in the Wadsworth Shores military housing complex, and around 4 p.m. on June 12 went to her home, armed with a handgun, and confronted the victim.
At gunpoint, Hawkins ordered the victim into the truck he had traveled in and shot him multiple times when he refused. Hawkins then jumped in the truck and was driven away by a friend -- Jimmy Lee Bufkin, Jr. -- who was operating the vehicle.
Hawkins was arrested shortly after the shooting after a Virginia Beach Police Department investigation. While in jail before his trial, Hawkins wrote a letter to officials in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Attorney's Office admitting to shooting the victim, who was a decorated member of the Navy.
The victim suffered injures to his left arm, leg and torso and will likely be medically discharged from the Navy because of the injuries, according to Pridgen.
Bufkin pled guilty to charges of malicious wounding, abduction, wearing a mask, conspiracy and use of a firearm on May 22 and will be sentenced on July 24.
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