VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A man convicted in Virginia Beach for his role in a deadly armed robbery will spend 35 years in prison.
Alex Jenkins was first arrested back in 2010 in connection to the death of 41-year-old Jeanie Murphy.
Prosecutors say Jenkins, along with Tramonte Hines, robbed the Junior Market on South Lynnhaven Road. Murphy walked into the store, unaware of what was going on at the time.
Prosecutors say Hines shot Murphy twice in the back when she tried to run.
A jury cleared Jenkins of murder charges back in March — but convicted him on several other charges, including robbery.
“He’ll have time to think about what he did,” said Jeannie’s brother Matt Murphy.
“I can see myself in the hospital room standing next to her as she was dying,” Murphy added.
Murphy’s family waited years for a break in the case and in 2014 Alex Jenkins and Tremonte Hines were charged with murder. At Jenkins’ trial he found guilty of the robbery, but not Murphy’s killing.
That’s because prosecutors say Hines was the one who actually pulled the trigger.
Prosecutors tell 10 On Your Side by law Jenkins should have been convicted of murder, because he was there committing the crime.
“I accept what the punishment he was given,” Murphy said. “I accept what the jury did. I don’t have to agree with it. 35 years is no walk in the park.”
Jenkins didn’t say anything when he was officials sentenced to the 35 years by the judge. Murphy’s family says he missed his chance to say sorry.
“I’m disappointed for my family and me that we don’t get anything from him,” Murphy added.
The judge told Jenkins he was very lucky that the jury didn’t convict him of murder. He went on to say that this was one of the most heinous and incomprehensible acts he has every seen.
A trial date for Hines will be determined in December.