VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday in connection to the 2013 shooting death of Jamel Alexander Knight.
Anthony Mark Hill pleaded guilty to second degree murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. He was sentenced to 43 years in prison with 30 years suspended, leaving 13 years to serve.
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Court documents say that on October 11, 2013, police responded to 5428 Coach Drive in Virginia Beach for a report of a man shot.
When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim, 24-year-old Jamel Alexander Knight, dead. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
Knight and several others attended a house party, which spilled out into the parking lot of the apartment complex. According to court documents, Hill, along with Tramon Lane, approached Knight. Hill asked Knight if he was “Trey,” referring to the criminal street gang, the NineTrey Bloods.
Knight replied by saying, “What’s poppin’?” The phrase is often used by Bloods to greet each other, court documents say.
Hill then pulled a gun from his hoodie and shot Knight in the head.
Through further investigation, it was learned that Lane, a member of a local gang, “Get ’em Mob,” had a “beef” with a member of NineTrey that had attended the party. Lane contacted Hill to get guns and the two men then went to the party to confront NineTrey members, court documents say.
A search warrant was conducted at Hill’s home and a book of “gang knowledge” was recovered, according to court documents.
On December 2, 2013, a traffic stop was conducted in Virginia Beach and a Ruger .380 automatic firearm was found. The gun was sent to the Department of Forensic Science and was found to be the weapon that killed Knight. Through further investigation, it was revealed that the gun had been reported stolen and was then passed on to Hill.
Hill denied any participation in Knight’s murder.
Knight wasn’t identified as Lane or Hill’s specific target, he just happened to be at the party that night.