Homeless man’s murderer sentenced

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man who killed a homeless man in Norfolk will spend more than 60 years in prison.

In court Friday morning, a judge imposed a jury’s recommended sentence of 61 years for 22-year-old Steven Lamonte Reid, according to according to Amanda Howie with the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Reid was convicted of first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and conspiracy in February in the death 53-year-old Illinois D. Johnson.

Johnson, a homeless man, was sleeping on the front steps of First Baptist Church of Norfolk on East Bute Street when he was shot in the head and killed on December 10, 2012, Howie said.

Reid’s co-defendant in the murder case is 20-year-old Demonte K. Durham, who pleaded guilty to first degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony on September 26, 2013.


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