Norfolk barber’s killer pleads guilty

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The suspect in the murder of a popular Norfolk barber has pleaded guilty.

The Norfolk case took some twists and turns since the killing happened five years ago. In 2012, Dahson Iraldo was charged in the death of Henry McIntosh, but he was later exonerated. On Monday, Bernard Kearney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery in McIntosh’s death.

The shooting happened April 17, 2010 inside Square Deal Barber Shop on Church Street.

“It was a nice day,” said Ivan Boyd, who was in the shop at the time of the incident. “You didn’t expect anything as ugly as that to come through. It was an ugly situation and we had no control over it, none what so ever.”

Square Deal has always been the kind of place where everyone knows each others name. What happened on that sunny spring day is forever burned in Boyd’s memory.

“It was frightening,” Boyd said of the seven or eight minutes it took for the crime to happen. “A really chaotic scene … he came through the door and pulled out his weapon and said, “Alright, y’all. You know what this is.”

Seven people were inside the Norfolk barber shop at the time, Boyd said. Nearly five years has passed since that tragic day, and Ivan said he still thinks about “Mr. Mac” everyday.

“He really cared about his customers, and he looked out for the kids in the community,” Boyd said. “He would help people.”

Under the guilty plea, Kearney will serve 24 years in prison. Boyd feels that is too light of a sentence.

“I think he should have gotten a little more just because he took that man’s life, my friend’s life away from me and his family,” Boyd said.

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