Mother convicted, son charged in Suffolk shooting

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Suffolk mother who was charged in a 2013 shooting with her son was convicted Friday.

Prosecutors said Gwendolyn Burton-Green told her son Taquan Burton to shoot the victim. Taquan’s trial is scheduled for November, but his mother was convicted of using of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony shooting, robbery, and aggravated malicious wounding.

Police said they found a man unconscious and bleeding in front of a home on Wellons Street in July 2013. According to court documents, the victim said Gwendolyn Burton-Green told Taquan to shoot him in the head. The paperwork said the victim saw Taquan shoot him with what looked like a shotgun. His mother kicked the victim in the head twice and threw a gas grill on top of him, the documents said. She also took money from the victim’s pockets, according to prosecutors.

Burton-Green’s attorney, Richard Davis, said Thursday that his client could face three to ten years in prison.  “Our contention is that she was not there when the shooting happened,” he said.

The victim had to have extensive surgery to have an artery transplanted from one leg to the other because the shooting destroyed his femoral artery, court documents said. He survived.

Burton-Green will be sentenced in October. Taquan will stand trial a month later. His lawyer, Fred Taylor, said his client has an alibi and that he was in Franklin, not Suffolk, at the time of the shooting. He called the situation “tragic,” but said his client has maintained his innocence. Once Taquan learned he was a suspect, he turned himself in, Taylor said.

Taquan Burton and Gwendolyn Burton-Green declined to talk to 10 On Your Side from Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where they are incarcerated.

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