HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News man pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and a gun charge in connection to a fatal shooting in Hampton in May 2014.
Kwuame Edwards will have to serve 12 years of a 43-year sentence handed down by a judge in court Friday.
On May 17, 2014, 28-year-old Jonathan Bradley Coles was found shot to death inside a home on Newport News Avenue. Prosecutors say Edwards shot Coles in the face following an argument at a house party.
Coles left behind four children.
Edwards was arrested at a hotel on Hornsby Lane across from Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News in July 2014.
Coles’ mother, Margaret Eaddy, told 10 On Your Side’s Joe Fisher she was hoping for a lengthier sentence, but is satisfied that her son’s killer was identified.
“I’m just so happy because it took someone off and out of our community that would hurt, harm or do danger,” Eaddy said.
Since her son’s death, Eaddy has worked to bring the issue of gun violence to the forefront of her community. She’s started an organization called Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters. She was also arrested at the U.S. Capitol after going to the Rotunda to protest gun violence.
The day before Eaddy left for the Capitol, her sister’s fiance, 43-year-old Kevin Buie, was also murdered in Hampton.
Eaddy says she’ll continue fighting for change. She says she’s preparing for the General Assembly in January, where she hopes to work on recommendations for gun reform.