Man found guilty in woman’s murder, faces 21-year sentence

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man was convicted this week in a woman’s 2017 shooting death, and is facing more than two decades in prison.

Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle said in a news release 25-years-old Richard Jerome Gregory Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder following a five-day trial.

The jury fixed Gregory’s sentence at 21 years.

Prosecutors said Gregory had planned to meet Erica Alford for a drug deal in May of 2017. 

Alford picked up a friend on the way to meet Gregory, and trio then went Mayfair Apartments in Virginia Beach for the deal. Gregory got out of the car with a lunch bag in his hand after Alford parked, according to prosecutors.

He returned a short time later, got back inside the car and asked, “Where is it?” Alford replied, “I don’t have it on me.”

Prosecutors said Gregory immediately pulled out a gun and started firing a Alford, ultimately killing her. Alford shot back, hitting Gregory in the hand and leg.

Alford’s friend, who prosecutors said was afraid of getting shot, ran to a nearby 7-Eleven and borrowed someone’s phone to call 911.

Police said someone flagged down a Norfolk police officer, saying someone had been shot. Gregory was taken to the hospital, and later charged with murder and use of a firearm in a felony.

Prosecutors said surveillance video from the apartments showed Gregory limping away with a lunch bag and some sort of black object in his hand. He told police he didn’t remember what happened due to being shot.

Gregory has two previous possession of marijuana convictions. He will be formally sentenced for Alford’s murder on Nov. 14.

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