VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man was sentenced to 16 years behind bars for a 2015 shooting that injured three teenage boys.
22-year-old Javante Darquese Johnson, of Virginia Beach, was sentenced to 28 years in prison with 12 years suspended.
Johnson pleaded guilty on August 1 to possession of firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of malicious wounding and three counts of use of a firearm.
On April 27, 2015, prosecutors said a group of juveniles were playing basketball in the Pecan Gardens neighborhood in Virginia Beach. After their game, they were standing in a circle talking when Johnson walked past them. Words were exchanged, and someone in the group told Johnson to “keep walking.” According to prosecutors, Johnson pulled out a gun and fired between four to six shots at the group from about 15 or 20 feet away. The juveniles scattered, ran and checked themselves for injuries.
Three boys were taken to the hospital for gunshot wounds. One was shot in the chest and arm, another suffered an injury to the elbow and another had a gunshot wound to the leg. All three survived the injuries.
A description of the shooter was provided to police and Johnson was ultimately identified as a suspect. A juvenile identified Johnson in a photo line up. Another identified him in court.
On May 5, 2015, Johnson was arrested.
Police searched a bedroom he shared with his girlfriend and found a 9 mm Glock magazine with seven bullets, along with .38 caliber ammunition and two fired casings. No casings were found at the scene of the shooting, but several witnesses reported that the weapon used was likely a revolver, which would not eject casings.
Johnson denied his involvement in the shooting.
Johnson has prior convictions for grand larceny, destruction of property, burglary, possession of burglary tools, petit larceny, obstruction of justice, assault and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.