Suffolk man sentenced to life in prison for deadly home invasion

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A murder case from August of 2016 that featured the accidental shooting of a home invasion suspect was closed Monday following a five-day trial in Virginia Beach. 

Garry Hamlin, a 28-year-old Suffolk resident, was sentenced to life in prison with an additional 99 years for the death of Michael Scott, a fellow suspect in a home invasion, according to a release from the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorneys Office. 

Prosecutors say that on the morning of August 7, 2016, Hamlin, De’Andre Womack and Scott entered a Virginia Beach home on 22nd Street intending to rob the residence. Two French exchange students were inside at the time. 

In an attempt to collect the students’ belongings, Hamlin fired his weapon, accidentally killing Scott.

Scott fell over on a student who had also been struck by that same bullet. The student survived, but Hamlin fled the scene. Not long after, he was apprehended by police after an officer saw Hamlin throw a wallet belonging to one of the exchange students and a .40 caliber pistol with Scott’s blood on it. 

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Hamlin was formally sentenced on charges of first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery, malicious wounding, armed burglary, conspiracy, wearing a mask and four counts of use of a firearm. 

As for De’Andre Womack, he was found guilty of first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery, malicious wounding, armed burglary and four counts of a use of a firearm. Womack was sentenced to 148 years in prison with 98 years suspended, leaving 50 years to serve. 

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