Virginia Beach man sentenced to 17 years in fatal 2019 shooting

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man arrested in the fatal shooting of another man in 2019 has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty.

Then-28-year-old Ditron Laquay Thigpen was arrested in connection to the murder of 40-year-old Sherman Lydell Lane.

The shooting happened at around 1 a.m. on a Saturday morning in October of 2019 in the 1000 block of Atlantis Drive.

When officers got to the scene, they found the victim with a gunshot wound. EMS crews provided first aid to the victim, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Thigpen was later arrested and charged with murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

During a recent court hearing, Thigpen pleaded a guilty plea for all charges. He was sentenced to 63 years with 46 years suspended which means he will serve 17 years.

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