Felon gets decades for killing pedestrian during chase

Ronald Lee Perkins, Jr., photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A 40-year-old man will spend nearly four decades behind bars for killing a pedestrian as he was fleeing from police more than two years ago.

Macie Pridgen with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office said Ronald Lee Perkins, Jr. was sentenced to 50 years behind bars on charges of second degree murder, eluding police – endangerment, burglary and grand larceny. The judge suspended 11 years, leaving 39 left to serve.

On Jan. 2, 2012, police in Virginia Beach got word from Portsmouth officers that Perkins had outstanding warrants for robbery. After getting a description, officers found his vehicle parked and unoccupied.

Pridgen said when he returned to his vehicle and began to drive away, officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Perkins refused, leading officers on a chase beginning on Military Highway toward Norfolk. An officer tried to use spikes and was nearly struck by Perkins, Pridgen added.

The chase continued to Northampton Boulevard where Perkins’ speed went up to 80 mph. Raymond Rogers was trying to cross the street on foot when he was struck and killed by Perkins, who continued into Norfolk and abandoned the vehicle, feeling on foot.

A diary inside Perkins’ vehicle said he wanted to commit suicide by cop because he didn’t want to go back to prison.

It wasn’t until the next morning when a Norfolk resident called police after spotting Perkins asleep in someone’s van.

Pridgen said Perkins broke into a home and stole a television a few weeks prior to the deadly chase. He tried to pawn the television at Liberty Pawn, and was told he’d get more money if he had the remote. So, he broke back into the house and stole the remote.

Perkins pled guilty to the charges Aug.7. He has prior convictions for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm with cocaine, petit larceny, burglary, grand larceny, failure to comply with child support, robbery, escape from jail and other probation violations.


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